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Fruit exports recorded an increase of more than 20% in the first four months Europe is the main destination for Brazilian fruits

The volume of fruit exported to other countries grew by 21.39% in the first four months of this year, when compared to the same period in 2020. The data are included in the 5th Prohort Bulletin released, this Tuesday (18), by the National Company of Supply (Conab).
In value, the increase generated by sales reaches 23.22%. Europe is the main destination for Brazilian fruits, with the three largest consumers being the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Spain.
The apple shows a growth of more than 100% in sales. In the last two years, shipments of fruit accumulated between January and April were below 30 thousand tons. This year, around 60 thousand tonnes of the product have already been exported, which has as main destinations India, Bangladesh and Russia.
Brazil also registers an increase in watermelon sales. The quantity for exports in the first four-month period of 2021 was 28.35 thousand tons, an index 24.61% higher in relation to the accumulated of the same period of 2020. According to Conab, the appreciation of the dollar, the good quality of fruits, the lower Spanish watermelon production and weak domestic demand are factors that influence this result.
The Prohort Bulletin brings this month an analysis of the commercialization of flowers and ornamental plants amid actions to combat Covid-19. An analytical text prepared by the Brazilian Institute of Floriculture (Ibraflor) shows that large sellers such as Kenya, Ethiopia, Colombia and Ecuador had greater difficulty in maintaining shipments to Europe and the United States, and this situation opened up space for Brazilian products to enter .
In the first three months of 2021, 270 tons of live plants and floriculture products were exported, which represented US $ 2.3 million. The quantity shipped was 92% higher than that recorded in the same period last year when 141 tons were sold. In comparison with the same quarter of 2019, when 155 tons of products were disposed of, the increase was 75%.
According to Conab, despite the drop in demand due to social isolation measures, the sector has adapted to the new reality with a strong expansion of electronic commerce and the progressive use of delivery platforms, which allowed the resumption of a good portion of business, especially by the producers with the greatest structure.
According to the Conab bulletin, the end of the summer harvest resulted in smaller quantities of tomatoes sold in the markets, pushing prices upward in the April average.
In the case of potatoes, prices again showed a downward trend, a movement that has been observed in the markets since January. In May, the expectation is that there will be pressure to increase prices. One of the factors that can influence the recovery of prices for the producer is the end of the water harvest and the beginning of the supply of the product from the dry season, which may still be at a slow pace.


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