The season continues its course with 8.244 tons of volume on week 2, slightly higher than last week. 65,9% was destined to North America; 22,9% to Europe and 11% to the Far East. The accumulated export volume until week 2 is 62.860 tons, 9,7% less than the previous season, which presented a marked start.
An aspect worth to mention is the increase of the organic weekly share. On week 2, 700 tons were exported, 8,5% of the exports of the week. With this volume, the participation of organics becomes higher due to inputs of the southern regions that have been increasing its organic agriculture area.
Finally, it is important to remark that both in the field and in the packing process in Chile, Legacy presented high discard in packing and in some cases, a higher percentage sent to alternative processes due to weak condition. This happened mostly in the VIII region but it was mentioned in other region as well. Also, Rabbiteye variety presented a slow ripening this year and some harvests are 2 weeks late from the VIII region to south. At the end of December, the harvests looked normal in term of maturity but in the south, there is still some delay. This is because the weather from the IX region to the south have not reached high temperatures yet, the heat accumulation is lower than the last 2 seasons and below the historical average. This condition makes the fruit to grow slower and with good size, but the waiting to harvest this varieties will be longer than usual.
Central-North Zone: Regions RM, VI and VII
RM has finished and the VI region continues with mínimum inputs. The only one that is still harvesting is the VII region that has a share of 40% of this week exports but it has started to decline its activity. Brigitta and Legacy are the most important varieties in harvest and Brightwell comes far behind. These 3 varieties have a 90% share of this harvest. The 10% left is shared by other varieties that have nearly 1% each in this region.
Central-South Zone: Regions VII and IX
This region is shipping 50% of the total national exports. The VIII region has the same volume as the VII and a similar variety distribution, it is still harvesting at full capacity, different than the VII that started to lower its activity. The IX region has some delay with the late varieties but producers are optimistic due to the good weather expectations. This zone had lower temperatures than previous seasons.
South Zone: Regions XIV and X
This region has only 7% share in the weekly exports but it an increase in the activities from February onwards is expected. The crops present delays in ripening and the expectations for fresh exports are still high as long as the weather helps. X region has the biggest difference in accumulated degree days, -20% than the historical average and has passed on the slow ripening of blueberries.