The initial estimate for the 2018/2019 avocado season is between 15.5 million and 16 million equivalent 4kg cartons. This is a reduction of around 6 million cartons on last year’s record crop, partly due to unfavourable weather conditions.
While there has been brisk growth in the avocado industry, there is now an intensification of expansion as nursery capacity catches up with demand.
Among the new season’s avocados, there are occurrences of stem end rot, more prevalent on early season fruit, even at some major supermarkets where avocados are still sold at a premium.
Last year, because of the enormous crop, many farmers decided to let avocados hang for longer, waiting out the peak season’s price slump for the traditionally high prices during December and January. Click here to read the full article. – Fresh Plaza