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The World Apple and Pear Association (WAPA) presents its annual Southern Hemisphere crop forecast

09-02-24 ¦ News

 

On the occasion of its Annual General Meeting in Fruit Logistica, the World Apple and Pear Association (WAPA) has released the Southern Hemisphere apple and pear crop forecast for the upcoming season. According to the forecast, which consolidates the data from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, New Zealand, and South Africa, apple production is set to grow by 1,1% compared to 2023, while the pear crop is expected to decrease by 2,3%.

 

On Friday 9 February 2024, the World Apple and Pear Association (WAPA) held its Annual General Meeting. During the Meeting, which took place during Fruit Logistica in Berlin, WAPA presented the Southern Hemisphere apple and pear crop forecast for the upcoming season. This report has been compiled with the support of CAFI (Argentina), APAL (Australia), ABPM (Brazil), Fruits from Chile (Chile), New Zealand Apples and Pears (New Zealand), and Hortgro (South Africa), and therefore provides consolidated data from the six leading Southern Hemisphere countries.

 

Regarding apples, the Southern Hemisphere 2024 crop forecast suggests an increase of 1,1% to a total of 4.775.530 t compared to last year (4.725.574 t). South Africa is expected to maintain its lead as the largest producer with 1.396.659 t (+4,6 from 2023), followed by Brazil (1.100.000 t, in line with 2023), Chile (912.000 t, -8,4%), New Zealand (557.871 t, +14,7%), Argentina (501.000 t, -4,8%), and Australia (308.000 t, +5,8%). With 1.578.148 t, Gala is by far the most popular variety, with its volume remaining in line with 2023 although 11,4% below the average of the previous 3 years. Exports are also expected to increase (+8%) to reach 1.551.696 t. South Africa (+5,1%) and Chile (+5,3%), the two largest exporters, are both expected to increase their export volumes, reaching 572.280 t and 493.000 t respectively. Exports from New Zealand should grow by 22,2% (381.729 t in total), while lower export quantities are forecasted for Argentina (70.000 t, -4,1%) and Brazil (32.000 t, -10,6%).

 

Regarding pears, the Southern Hemisphere growers predict a slight decline in the crop (-2,3%), bringing the total to 1.465.800 t. Argentina (614.000 t), Chile (203.000 t), and Australia (72.000 t) are expected to decrease their production by 6%, 5,4%, and 2,7% respectively. South Africa’s production levels are forecasted to increase to 567.334 t (+3,4% from 2023), as well as New Zealand’s (+8,4%, with 9.066 t in total). Packham’s Triumph remains the most produced variety (508.000 t, with a slight 1,3% decrease compared to 2023), followed by Williams┤ bon chrétien pears (300.082 t). Export figures are expected to be in line with 2023 with a total of 654.323 t.

 

European apple stocks stood at 3.851.098 t as of 1 January 2024, which is 4,6% lower than in 2023. Similarly, the total of 582.587 t for European pears is 4,4% below the figures from the previous year. On the other hand, stock figures are higher in the USA, both for apples (2.138.376 t, +33,6%) and for pears (169.474 t, +14,9%).

 

During the Annual General Meeting, Jeff Correa (Pear Bureau Northwest - USA) was elected as the President of the association, taking over from Dominik Woźniak (Society for Promotion of Dwarf Fruit Orchards / Rajpol - Poland). Nick Dicey (Hortgro - South Africa) will join him as the Vice-President. Regarding his new role, Mr Correa commented: “I’m honoured that I have been elected as the next Chairman of WAPA. I look forward to working with the WAPA staff and membership to advance the data sharing, market insights, and explore new avenues that will benefit the organization and its members”. Finally, the Annual General Meeting confirmed that the next edition of Prognosfruit will be held in Budapest, Hungary, on 7-9 August 2024. More information about the event will soon be announced on the Prognosfruit website (www.prognosfruit.eu). 

 

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CONTACT: Mr Philippe BINARD / Mr Gil KAUFMAN – WAPA –  www.wapa-association.org

 

WAPA was founded in August 2001 with the objectives of providing a forum for discussion on matters of interest to the apple and pear business and initiating recommendations to strengthen the sector. The current President of the Association is Jeff Correa (Pear Bureau Northwest - USA) and the current Vice-President is Nick Dicey (Hortgro - South Africa). WAPA membership includes the following countries and areas: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Moldova, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Scandinavia, Slovenia, South Africa, Ukraine, the UK, and the USA.