In Vietnam the price of raw material Pineapple has increased with 25 to 30% compared with May/June 2016 due to the continuing shortage of Pineapple supply as a consequence of salinization.
The reason is that due to the El Nino phenomenon, starting from 2014 until mid 2016, the yearly average temperatures went up with 1 to 1,5 degree Celsius and that rainfall last year has degreased with an average of 30-50%.
Meanwhile, the total flow of the Mekong River that runs to Mekong Delta is less than 20 to even 50%, the lowest level in history. Therefore, the effect salinization is become becoming more dangerous.
Netra Agro pineapple suppliers are not offering for prompt shipment at the moment. But we still have some limited stocks available and there is limited possibility to ship product as of November / December.
Although it is too early to quote citrus prices, Netra Agro suppliers have informed the Spanish crop citrus (orange, mandarin & lemon) is looking considerable good compared with the disastrous last years’ crop. It will not be the best year ever, but things are not looking bad either. “Right now we could use some more rain, but usually we have some during September, October & November” according one of our suppliers.
Netra sources aseptic & frozen lemon cells, frozen or aseptic lemon juice and aseptic or frozen mandarin juice. Also our IQF Lemon peel & IQF Lime peel are originating Spain.
Although an apparent stable start of the mango season in India, the availability of raw material Totapuri mango is exacerbating. Less fruit is available which resulted in price increases for fresh mango by 25% as compared to the last year crop levels. And as we are approaching end of the processing season the likelihood of price easing is very low. Moreover product availability most likely will be an issue as shortage is looming.
If you have not covered your needs for IQF Mango dices or aseptic puree or Totapuri mango concentrate yet, it is recommendable to do so soon.
2016 has showed us a better crop apricot in Greece compared with last year. This does not go for the aseptic apricot puree and aseptic puree concentrate from Spain.
We just received our first truck IQF Apricot 10×10 from Greece at our warehouse Frigo Breda. Check with us for prices spread delivery until new crop 2017.
The Asian Lychee crop has just started. Like previous years, it is quiet uncertain how prices will develop. China used to be one of Netra’s sources, but due to increasing consumption of lychees by Chinese themselves, Vietnam is our most important source for IQF Lychees.
The two largest Vietnamese lychee-growing areas are the provinces of Bac Giang and Hai Duong. Growers in these two provinces are expecting to harvest a total of 200,000 MT of fresh lychees according to the Vietnam Trade Promotion Agency. The Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade states that about 60 percent of the crop (120,000 MT), will be sold domestically. The remaining 40 percent (80,000 MT), including 85% of fresh fruits and 15 percent of dried and frozen fruits, are set aside for export to a number of foreign markets like Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Singapore, the U.S., Australia, Japan, South Korea, and off course, to us, Europe.
Over the past weeks, growers in Luc Ngan District, a lychee ‘hotpot’ in Bac Giang, have had their hands full reaping their fruits to make sure they are harvested in their prime time – which lasts only three or four weeks –. One Lychee grower states on a local market: “Prices fluctuate notably depending on farmers, areas, and when the fruits are purchased. My lychees were priced VND14,000 [US$0.7] per kilogram this morning, but they are likely to drop to a mere VND8,000 per kilogram this afternoon,”
He was carrying a bulky lychee load of some 100 kilograms for the sale. Just imagine how many growers are necessary to fill up one container load of 23 MT. Off course our factories have all sort of suppliers, differentiating form the very small once like here above to the larger more professionally equipped farms.
Netra Agro can offer depitted IQF Lychees from this new crop.
Netra Agro’s Vietnamese Pineapple suppliers have informed they are confronted with the most extreme shortage of raw pineapple material in the zone of the Mekong River Delta for years. The continuing draught is causing fierce saline intrusion which effects crops. Locals claim they have not seen this kind of conditions for over 100 years of history.
The transformation of nature is causing bad crops of many different agricultural products in the whole Mekong River Delta zone. Whether this change is temporally, because it is effected by El Niño, or if it is for longer term because of climate change remains uncertain. Fact is 2016 is the third year in a row we see shortage of pineapple.
The Mekong is a trans-boundary river in Southeast Asia. It is the world’s 12th-longest river and the 7th-longest in Asia. Its estimated length is 4,350 km (2,703 mi), and it drains an area of 795,000 km2 (307,000 sq mi), discharging 457 km3 (110 cu mi) of water annually.