Sikhulekelani Moyo, Business Reporter
This comes at a time when the 2022 avocado export season exceeded production estimates with 5 180 tons of first-grade fruits and 3 000 tons of second-grade fruits being sold.
“Zimbabwe can expect the upward trend in avocado production in the midterm, with 400 hectares of newly established plantation coming up soon, and a conservation yield of 12 tons per hectare, an additional 1 800 tons can be expected bringing up a total of nearly 10 000tons of fruit exported by 2025,” said the association in the latest update.
“The 2022 avocado export season exceeded production estimates. 5 180 tons of first-grade fruits were exported and 3 000 tons of second-grade fruits exported for oil processing.”
The Horticulture Development Council said the average pack-out/recovery percentage for 2022 was 60-70 percent.
It, however, said there was an unexpectedly large influx of Peruvian fruit into the European Union, and producers were forced to slow down picking hoping for better pricing later in the season.
– The Chronicle