Agro San Antonio currently has 98.5 hectares planted in 4 fields:
1.-Campo San Antonio, with 26 hectares of Fukumoto oranges planted in 2009.
2.- La Moyina field, with 28.5 hectares of Fukumoto oranges planted (7.5 of them in 2005, 7 in 2009 and 14 at the end of 2013).
3.- Cara Cara field with 7 hectares of oranges of this variety on Roubidux pattern planted at the end of 2015.
4.- Larmahue field with 37 hectares: 16 Cara Face oranges on Roubidux pattern and 21 Messina lemon on Roubidux pattern.
According to the information published on the website of the Citrus Committee of Chile (comitedecitricos.cl), the amount of hectares planted with oranges in Chile in 2018 was 6,178 and has remained stable in recent years.
On the other hand, the amount of oranges exported in 2018 was approximately 99,000 tons, which includes all its varieties. This total of kilos exported has been increasing in recent years, expecting for the 2019 season a number close to 100,000 tons.
According to figures from the Citrus Committee, the total number of hectares planted with oranges as of 2018 was 6,178, which gives an average production of oranges exported per hectare at the country level of 16,054 kilos / ha.
On the other hand, considering that the estimates of the Citrus Committee for 2019 are practically the same as last year, and that, in the case of the Fukumoto variety, everything is already exported, our estimated quota for 2019 would exceed 8%.
If we take a wider look, with 2,727,106 kilos exported, Agro San Antonio reaches a quota of exported oranges that borders 3% (all varieties are considered).
The interesting thing to note is that if you compare the production of export oranges per hectare at a national level versus that achieved by Agro San Antonio, it is seen that the amplifier number exceeds 3 times, which again gives an account of the good results obtained by our company.
Regarding the size of the fruit, we have also had a very good evolution. Despite exponentially increasing the fruit exported by Agro San Antonio, we have managed to maintain an excellent gauge curve, which is shown below:
By delving into the previous table regarding the distribution of caliber of Agro San Antonio’s export oranges, we can first highlight the uniformity of the caliber curve of recent years, where the clear concentration towards larger export calibers is highlighted. In addition, it is seen that in 2019 there was still an increase over the previous years, which is a consequence of the continuous improvement process carried out by the company.
The table above shows the distribution of accumulated export fruit calibers per year. As you can see, in 2019 60% of the fruit had a caliber 64 or higher, which is 28% better than the year 2018.
Regarding our export rate, we have also evolved positively, achieving a record 92% in 2019, considering that the fruit that remains in the garden has remained stable at 10%.
As seen in the previous table, in the last 4 years we have had an export rate of 85%, even considering that the type of harvest that is done in the orchards is “when sweeping”, that is, without pre-selection in the tree.
The harvest is done by removing all the fruit from the tree. Only a small pre-selection is made in the same harvest.
These high rates of export oranges are an indicator of the efficiency and effectiveness of the processes associated with harvesting and obtaining quality fruit.
Our export rates are also very good if we compare them with the market level, as the Agricom exporter reports, these rates do not exceed 80% on average.