According to tradition, the World Apple and Pear Association (WAPA) held its annual general meeting on 8 February, the last day of the Fruit Logistica Fair in Berlin. Representatives of key global apple and pear producing and exporting countries met to discuss the southern hemisphere production forecast, the final update of the northern hemisphere production forecast, released in August last year, and the season’s developments.

WAPA discussed and released consolidated crop forecasts for the forthcoming southern hemisphere apple and pear seasons (see tables in linked pdf below). Collected from industry associations in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, New Zealand and South Africa, the forecast showed this year’s apple and pear southern hemisphere crops are expected to reach 5.26 million tons and 1.33 million tons, respectively. This is a 2% increase in apples compared to last year’s crop. Export is expected to remain stable at 1.74 million tons.

The pear crop is expected to increase by 2% compared to last year’s crop.  Export is expected to remain stable at 712 154 tons. Other topics on the agenda were marketing, promotion and consumption trends, research and innovation activities among members and global initiatives to preserve the biodiversity of apple varieties.

WAPA elected a new president, Nicholas Dicey from HortGro, South Africa, formerly WAPA’s vice-president. Dominik Wozniak from the Polish Society for Promotion of Dwarf Fruit Orchards was elected vice-president. The WAPA secretariat and members thanked Tod Fryhover of the Washington Apple Commission for his service as president and vice-president during the last four years. WAPA looks forward to a continuation of positive trends in the coming years with its new presidency. – Press release

Click here to view the table graphs.