The World Apple and Pear Association (WAPA) recently released the production forecast for the southern hemisphere for the new season in conjunction with data from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, New Zealand and South Africa. The output of apples in the southern hemisphere in the 2021 season is expected to increase by 6%year-on-year, while the output of pears is basically the same as the previous year.
Apple, the total output of the southern hemisphere will reach 5.09 million tons in 2021, up from 4.818 million tons in the previous year, an increase of 6%year-on-year. Among them, Australia, Brazil, and South Africa increased by 23%, 20%, and 6%, New Zealand reduced production by 5%, and Argentina and Chile were the same as the previous year. Compared with the average annual output from 2018 to 2020, the total output of apples in the southern hemisphere this season will increase by 2%. Chile is still the largest apple producer in the southern hemisphere, and its output is expected to reach 1.512 million tons this year, followed by Brazil (1.13 million tons), South Africa (1.013 million tons), Argentina (617,000 tons), New Zealand (547,000 tons), Australia (271,000 tons). Gala apple is still the most important variety, accounting for 39%, followed by Fuji apple (14%) and red snake fruit (13%). The overall export volume stabilized at about 1.6916 million tons, of which Chilean exports will slightly exceed 650,000 tons, which is the same as the previous year. South Africa’s exports will reach 476,000 tons, an increase of 4%year-on-year, and New Zealand’s exports will reach 372,000 tons, an increase of 7%.
It is estimated that the southern hemisphere’s 2021 pear production will reach 1.346 million tons, the same as the previous year, but an increase of 2%compared to the average annual output from 2018 to 2020. South Africa, Australia, and Argentina increased production by 3%, 2%, and 1%, respectively, which are expected to make up for the 3%and 10%reductions in Chile and New Zealand. As in previous years, Packham’s Triumph and William (Williams BC/Bartlett) are the main varieties, accounting for 36%and 28%respectively. The total export volume this season is expected to increase by 6%year-on-year to 708,700 tons. Among them, Argentina accounted for 374,400 tons, an increase of 12%, South Africa, 214,400 tons, an increase of 2%, and Chile, 108,300 tons, a decrease of 3%.
WAPA’s forecast data comes from the Chilean Fruit Merchants Export Association (ASOEX), the Argentine Association of Integrated Fruit Growers (CAFI), the Brazilian Apple Producers Association (ABPM), the South African industry organization Hortgro, the Australian Apple Pear Association (APAL) and The New Zealand Apples and Pears (New Zealand Apples and Pears) combines the conditions of the six major apple and pear producing countries in the southern hemisphere. WPAP Secretary-General Philippe Binard said:”As the global apple and pear production season gradually shifts from the northern hemisphere to the southern hemisphere, the aggregation and detailed analysis of these data is of great value to the global apple and pear industry.”