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2019crop Tomato Paste Forecaste Of South Hemisphere
Feb 21, 2019

In Argentina, a total surface of 5 541 hectares was planted and the latest estimates, temporarily reduced to 400 000 tonnes, have finally been reassessed at around 430 000 tonnes. There were some rains in San Juan but yields are good, at 100 to 120 mT/ha on average.
Harvest started in Mendoza at the end of January. In the North-East of this region, about 400 hectares were affected by hail with different levels of damage in the fields. The situation is satisfactory in the Rio Negro and La Rioja regions. Temperatures are currently high, with high levels of humidity.

In Chile, in the last days of January, one processor started harvesting fields that had been transplanted earlier than usual. The other processors were expected to start during the first week of February. The hot and dry weather conditions are perfect for tomatoes, and a good color is expected. The forecast remains 1.143 million tonnes.

In Peru, weather conditions are good, and the production forecast remains at 100 000 tonnes.