Shipments of watermelon and mango grew
Fruit exports are at a slower pace at the beginning of the year, as pointed out in the 2nd Prohort Bulletin, by the National Supply Company (Conab). The total volume of fruit destined for the foreign market was 5% lower than in January 2020. Although the index is lower, the report points out that it is still too early to project any results in the final performance in sales to other countries.
Shipments of watermelon and mango grew, while lemons and limes, bananas, melons and papayas fell. Last year, even with the pandemic, the sector had an increase of 6% in exports. Among the highlights were lemon (+ 14%), mango (+ 13%), apple (+ 11%), grape (+ 9%) and watermelon (+ 5%). The data are from Abrafrutas.
In the first month of 2021, banana exports totaled 6 thousand tons, 22.56% less than in January 2020, and the amount earned was US $ 2.38 million, up 6.91% in relation to the partial of the year past.
Orange shipments abroad, in January 2021, were 611 tons, almost 2000% higher than in January 2020 (which was fully contained in foreign sales amid low inventories due to crop failure), and exporters' revenue was $ 146,000. For the following season, sales are expected to remain reasonable, mainly to the USA and Europe. Brazil should have a crop loss of 30%.
In the apple, exports totaled 103 tons, 300% higher than last year and the amount earned was US $ 124.5 thousand, 148% higher than in the same period of the previous year. The market closed the year 2020 with a positive balance in relation to 2019, with external sales mainly to Russia, Bangladesh and India.
In papaya, in January 2021, exports fell, in relation to January 2020: the volume traded was 3.79 thousand tons, down 10.33% in relation to last year, and the value was US $ 3 , 74 million, down 10.38% over the same period last year. This was due to some logistical obstacles, both those leaving the producing regions for airports, and because of the beginning of restrictions by European countries on Brazilian flights because of new variants of coronavirus. The main destination continued to be the European Union, which consumes more than 70% of exports, with the main destinations being Holland, France, Portugal, Spain and Germany.
The watermelon added good results. 14.22 thousand tons went abroad, a number 5.56% higher than in January 2020 and 14.83% lower when compared to December 2020. In addition, the value of the sale was US $ 6.7 million, up 14.07% in relation to the same period of the previous year. The shipments of the fruit remained good, as well as the profitability of the producers.
In the domestic market, in general, fruits did not register a uniform movement in the prices practiced in the wholesale markets analyzed by Conab. The exception is papaya, which showed a drop in prices in all surveyed Ceasas. With the greater offer of the product on the market, the values practiced fell for the consumer.
Source: AGROLINK -Eliza Maliszewski