WORLD CHERRY PRODUCTION TO DECREASE
Sep 11, 2010
World cherry production to decrease
The global production of cherries in the period 2010/2011 will see a drop close to 11%, regarding the previous season, according to the estimations of the Department of Agriculture of the United States, USDA. According to the data obtained by the American agency, it has projected that the total volume of this campaign would be 1.985.950 metric tons, while the previous crop reached 2.185.881 MT. The causes of this decline would be the conditions of humidity and cold that affected the U. S. production and of the 27 countries of the European Union, causing problems for pollination, flowering and growth. With this panorama, the production in the United States would drop close to 25%, from 486 thousand metric tons to 367 thousand, while in the European Union; it would drop down around 14%, from 710 to 611 thousand metric tons.
Although the news looks bad for many, for Chile it turns out to be positive, since the country is increasing production, which in agreement to the USDA is the one that, together with Turkey, supports to rise the world exports. According to the precedents of the USDA it is estimated that for the season 2010/2011, Chile would pass from 50.750 metric tons of 2009/2010 to 64.400. Turkey, a country that has been constituted in the major global producers, would keep its production stable at the same 600.000 metric tons of the 2009/2010 season .
Of the two million tons produced in the world, the USDA thinks that 215.000 will export, which means a growth of the global trade of this fruit of nearly 6%, due to the reduced production of the United States and the European Union. Turkey will be the responsible for 25% of these exports, which will go mainly to the EU and to Russia, which remain as the most demanding markets, and Chile will respond to the growth of the demand of the United States, as the report of the USDA indicates.
The global production of cherries this season will be 11% less.