ConservasMay. 20, 2015
Foodnews: Superficie para cultivar tomates en Chile se duplicó los últimos 6 años
Chilean cultivated areas to processing tomatoes have almost doubled over the last few years, according to latest data released by Odepa.
By Davide Ghilotti
Published: 20 May 2015 11:37 AM
The main organisation of the country’s ministry of agriculture showed that total tomato acreage almost doubled from 4,350 hectares in 2008/09 to 8,420ha this season (+94%). This is reportedly the highest on record for the Latin American origin.
At the same time, we can see how tomato farmland had decreased in previous years, to then bounce back up in the recent seasons to the current figure.
Back in 2001/02, acreage was 7,690ha, rising to 8,350ha only to fall again to a bottom-low in 2008/09, prior to the recent increase.
Average tomato yields have followed a similar pattern, progressively increasing over the last decade or so. Odepa records yields of 63 tonnes per hectare back in 2003/04, rising to 91 tonnes/ha as of last year.
Local tomato processor Sugal Chile told FOODNEWS last week it recorded yields of up to 95 tonnes/ha this season.
The 2014/15 Odepa figure for total acreage differs slightly from what local industry sources told FOODNEWS, claiming total acreage to fall between 9,000-9,200ha in total.
Cultivated areas are evenly split between the two local processors, Empresas Carozzi and Sugal Chile.
Tomato production in the country rose 54% between 2001/02 – 526,000 tonnes – and last year, when Chile harvested 810,000 tonnes.
Production estimates for the current season vary between 820,000-900,000 tonnes.