Wednesday, February 6th 2013 - 05:38 UTC

Very poor year for Argentine pears and apples exports last year; 2013 prospects improving

Brazil's high fruit demand didn't prevent the general collapse of Argentine export of pears and apples. The exchange rate lag was a determining factor in this trading debacle, but better prospects are expected for 2013.

Despite Brazilian demand apples and pears exports income was down 135 million dollars last year

The National Health and Quality Agricultural Food Service (SENASA) released official statistics of 2012 total pear and apple exports, despite Brazil's strong demand for the Argentine fruits, it turned out to be one of the worst seasons in recent decades both in the amounts of fruit exported and foreign income perceived.

Apple exports totalled 482.4 million dollars in 2012. A value that reflects a close to 22% decrease when compared to the consolidated sales in the previous year. According to statistics released by SENASA, exports were somewhat higher than 530.000 tons, 26% below than what was achieved in 2011.

Argentina estimates the loss of income to have reached 135 million dollars because of the poor exports. According to experts and traders the exchange rate lag was a determining factor in this debacle.

However as reported by Agro Valley, prices are reaching new highs in Europe this season and there is hope that the arrival of the southern hemisphere fruit to overseas markets does not alter this positive scenario.

Pears and apples quotations, both in Europe and in Russia, have experienced an average increase of 20% when compared to the previous year.

Most regional companies surveyed say they are increasing their programs compared to the ones they shut down throughout the 2012 season. This certainly creates great expectations for the overseas-destined fruit, which has had it rough for the past three seasons.

“We expect a strong recovery in exports to Europe and Russia this year. Fruit prices in these destinations are really important, we can't miss this opportunity and should take advantage of it ”said a senior Argentine official.

Meanwhile, companies are cutting deals with producers at higher prices than in the previous season. Some say up to 30 cents of a dollar for the pear, the fruit most demanded by exporters.

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1 yankeeboy (#) Feb 06th, 2013 - 11:55 am Report abuse
I wonder if this headline will be repeated with SOY and Corn in the title instead?
2 row82 (#) Feb 06th, 2013 - 02:47 pm Report abuse
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3 GeoffWard2 (#) Feb 06th, 2013 - 03:07 pm Report abuse
“Fruit export to Europe is really important for us”

Perhaps they should tell the Argentinian government and CFK !
I've a feeling that Dilma would like to see CFK's trade restrictions removed also.
4 Nostrolldamus the 10th (#) Feb 06th, 2013 - 03:12 pm Report abuse
Nice to see Mercopress spinning feverishly to save Europe some face.

That tells you all you need to know when European consumers can't take a 20% increase in a product that costs maybe 2 euros a pound at best. What's that? 20 cents?

I feel sorry for the nations of Europe, they are in such miserable straights.
5 reality check (#) Feb 06th, 2013 - 03:20 pm Report abuse
Save your sympthy. Look in one of your dictionaries, you will find it where it belongs, slap bang between Shit and Syphilis!
6 Nostrolldamus the 10th (#) Feb 06th, 2013 - 03:24 pm Report abuse

You spelt “shit” and “syphilis” perfectly, but succumbed when it came to “sympAthy”.

Thankfully I totally expect that from Europeans. They did export shit and syphilis all over the globe from their continent, and consciously left “sympathy” at port.

Thank you for making my grand point for me.

ps - I'll see if some Mendoza growers can spare some apples and pear boxes and donate them to all of you in Europe. We now know how tough life if there.
7 reality check (#) Feb 06th, 2013 - 03:51 pm Report abuse
Simple typing error. don't get back on subject of the origins syphilis, already been done to death on here!
8 CaptainSilver (#) Feb 06th, 2013 - 04:30 pm Report abuse
Anything with Argentina on it mostly rots on the shelves of any UK, Spanish or Italian supermarket. Its unsaleable these days as is their horse piss wine...
Interesting to see a walnut brained Euroracist who reckons that $7 a day living wage of 25% of Rgs is actually better than the European minimum wage of $10 an hour?
Same sort of hyperbolic logic as Tinman and his sad band of inconsequential Eurotwats.
Bet he is off to local branch of a Swiss Bank tomorrow with that suitcase full of $
9 Clyde15 (#) Feb 06th, 2013 - 06:00 pm Report abuse
Where in Europe does Argentinian fruit go to.
Out of season, we see NZ, Canadian, Chilean and South African apples in the UK.
I have yet to see Argentinian ones in Tesco, Asda, Morrison or Sainsbury..
Same with pears
Of course, maybe I have just missed them

Your sympathy does you credit. I reciprocate your feelings. It must be demeaning to live in a country who could be one of the most successful because of its natural resources and instead are spiraling down thanks to a totally inept government bent on lining their pockets.
Eh bien mon ami, c'est la vie !
10 andy65 (#) Feb 06th, 2013 - 06:05 pm Report abuse
@6 Nostrolldamus the 10th Seriously Argentine fruit taste sour and rancid now I know where Crissy gets that sour look from,we British demand good quality fruit, South African grapes are such a pleasure to eat these days also I would think your supermarkets will be needing as much food on the shelves as possible soon with the price restrictions,when I read that I thought I was reading about Zimbabwe,Argentina really does look in a mess,you people need fresh elections and a new forward thinking governmant
11 Pirat-Hunter (#) Feb 06th, 2013 - 06:29 pm Report abuse
#9 we turn pears and apples into vinager, whine, spirits and Bio fuel, I am sure you wouldn't eat Argentine apples or pears but I can assure you that your car will be running on it. Spain try to block our Bio fuel but as usual money is loyal to none. We Argentine are glad CFK is not feeding the IMF blood suckers anymore and don't worry about Argentine natural resources we Argentine enjoy it more now then when the world could buy it, now we enjoy our resources at home and you pay export tax which is how is should be. Just Like in the Cayman island, do us a favor and worry about your country and leave Argentina alone unless your suffering is do to Argentinas natural wealth.
#8 with 7$ in Argentina you can buy bread meat eggs and wine. Almost a table full. Is the wine still 10$ a litre in UK? Lol do the math and see who has it better.
#4 you shouldn't feel sorry, I have much much more feelings for a street dog.
12 andy65 (#) Feb 06th, 2013 - 06:49 pm Report abuse
@11 Pirat-Hunter, LOL as per usual lost and deluded oh dear, your wine is so bad your Ambassadore to The UK Alicia THE RAT Castro was trying to give it away last week in The House Of Commons,how are the prices in the shops going?? as anyone broken the law yet by increasing prices??? wow what a way to be is this first world or 3rd world I ask myself.
13 yankeeboy (#) Feb 06th, 2013 - 07:21 pm Report abuse
I think the Rgs turn a lot of things into WHINE

BWT I hope he is lying about living in Canada or at least didn't go to school there. I would hate that our neighbors to the North are that dumb.
14 briton (#) Feb 06th, 2013 - 07:27 pm Report abuse
the british people should refuse to buy argentine goods,
people on here with facebook accounts,
should mention this,
Argentina is now a bloody disgrace to the freedom of democracy,
stuff their ap[ples and stuff them.
15 Captain Poppy (#) Feb 07th, 2013 - 01:19 pm Report abuse
16 yankeeboy (#) Feb 07th, 2013 - 01:45 pm Report abuse
Cap, they are already reporting bare store shelves in BA. I can't wait to see them in 2 months!
It is always a safe bet that when it comes to diplomacy or economics Argentina will do exactly the opposite of the right decision.
17 Captain Poppy (#) Feb 07th, 2013 - 04:13 pm Report abuse
The head of United Supermarkets is denying that there is a food shortage and that it is just an “excess”
A classic example of another shot to the foot! How many toes do they have left?
18 yankeeboy (#) Feb 07th, 2013 - 04:19 pm Report abuse
They had another article somewhere saying they supermarkets won't stock the shelves with products they're going to lose money on.
Makes total sense to me.
I wonder if that makes any sense in Argentina?
19 The Cestrian (#) Feb 07th, 2013 - 10:41 pm Report abuse

Saw that; “excess demand”. An Argentine classic. The nation that just keeps on giving.
20 Captain Poppy (#) Feb 08th, 2013 - 01:11 am Report abuse
It's like the excess demand for dialysis and some cancer meds, caused those shelves to run dry also.
21 yankeeboy (#) Feb 08th, 2013 - 12:55 pm Report abuse
A day ago Moreno joyously declared an agreement with supermarkets not to raise prices until April 1st. Today one of his minions said it is an agreement and not a price control regime.

new·speak (nspk, ny-)
Deliberately ambiguous and contradictory language used to mislead and manipulate the public

are they for real?
22 Captain Poppy (#) Feb 08th, 2013 - 04:27 pm Report abuse
Looks like their savior export might not be such a savior.


Seems like an uncooperative weather year for an agrarian economy that asslips kirchner masterfully developed for RRgentina. They she soon be referring to her masses as serf's? lol
23 Clyde15 (#) Feb 08th, 2013 - 06:41 pm Report abuse
I asked my wife who does the shopping, if she has seen any Argentine apples or pears and she said no. She buys fruit by the quality and would buy it from anywhere without prejudice - possibly unlike me.
As to Bio-fuel, I have never used it. For some vehicles engines it can do damage so I avoid using it in my Toyota Avensis T-Spirit 2.0 Diesel.
see the link.

Maybe if you are driving a tractor it is OK but I prefer using diesel manufactured locally from North Sea oil or, in the future from crude oil extracted from Falkland's waters by the nice people down there.

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