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WPTC crop update as of 15 February 2022

16/02/2022 - WPTC - 2022 Season
The tomato harvest is currently progressing well  in most countries in the Southern hemisphere. 

Argentina

The expectation has been reduced by 10,000 tonnes to 630,000 tonnes after rainfalls with some hails last week have reduced the harvest forecast. Now, the weather is dry again.
 
Australia
The weather is currently desirable, however some regions received between 40-90 mm rain at the end of January, increasing the disease profile in fields. The harvest began this week, with quality and fruit size very good and Brix around 5.1. Current estimated total (inclusive of Organics and Cherry Tomatoes) is 262,000 payable tonnes.
 
Chile
The last of the three factories started processing on 7 February, and all factories are now running. The weather favourable and colour and quality are good. The forecast is maintained at 1,050,000 tonnes although may be reduced in March depending on water availability.
 
South Africa
The forecast for the 2022 season is increased slightly to 166,000 tonnes with 45,000 tonnes in Western Cape (summer area with harvest January to April) and 
121,000 tonnes in the Limpopo area (winter area with harvest May to September). The harvest season commenced one week behind schedule and the out growers also experience a sharp increase hike in input cost. Pests like “Tuta” and White Fly are currently the main risks drivers.
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