Southern Hemisphere apple and pear production and exports should be up in 2013.
About 6.03 million tons of apples are expected to be produced in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, New Zealand and South Africa in 2013, up 1% from 2012, according to the annual preseason estimate from the Brussels-based World Apple and Pear Association.
About 1.68 million tons of pears are expected from the Southern Hemisphere this year, 2% more than last year.
Exports also are expected to be up in 2013. Apple exports from the Southern Hemisphere are projected to increase by 4% and pear exports by 5%. Export totals should be about 1.84 million tons for apples and 827,000 tons for pears.
Argentina, New Zealand, Brazil and South Africa all are expected to produce more apples in 2013, according to the forecast. Argentina’s production should be up about 10%, New Zealand’s 9%, Brazil’s 7% and South Africa’s 1%.
Apple production is expected to fall 8% in Chile and 3% in Australia.
New Zealand, Argentina and Australia are expecting higher pear production this year. New Zealand should produce 11% more and Argentina and Australia 3% more.
Pear production is expected to be unchanged in Chile and 2% lower in South Africa.
The estimates were made at the association’s annual meeting Feb. 8 during the Fruit Logistica show in Berlin.
Also at the meeting, Peter Beaven of Pipfruit New Zealand was elected president of the association.
Beaven succeeds Kevin Moffitt, president and chief executive officer of Pear Bureau Northwest, Milwaukie, Ore., who was association president for two years.