90% of Chilean fruit growers have no money to prepare for next season -Fedefruta

Fedefruta’s president, Jorge Valenzuela, said the sector faces “a collapse worse than the cyanide grape crisis of 1989”, when grape shipments to the US were banned following allegations that a consignment had been injected with cyanide.

According to a survey undertaken by the Chilean fruit producer union Fedefruta, nine out of ten Chilean fruit producers fear they won’t be able to afford to prepare for the 2022/23 season due to rising costs and the fallout from the global logistics crisis.

The survey, which polled more than 300 companies from the country’s main producing regions, reveals growing disquiet among producers that they will not be in a position to finance their operations as the start of the new campaign approaches.

In Chile, 533,000 people are employed directly by the fresh fruit industry and . . .

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