Kiwifruit Overview

An Expert's View about Tropical and Subtropical Fruits, Sugar Cane in Greece

Posted on: 29 Sep 2012

Kiwifruit constitutes one of the most economically important agricultural crops in Greece.

THIS REPORT CONTAINS ASSESSMENTS OF COMMODITY AND TRADE ISSUES MADE BY USDA STAFF AND NOT NECESSARILY STATEMENTS OF OFFICIAL U.S. GOVERNMENT POLICY Voluntary Public - Date: 9/14/2012 GAIN Report Number: GR1211 Greece Post: Rome Kiwifruit Overview Report Categories: Kiwifruit Approved By: Christine Sloop Prepared By: Ornella Bettini Report Highlights: Kiwifruit constitutes one of the most economically important agricultural crops in Greece. Overview Kiwifruit constitutes one of the most economically important agricultural crops in Greece. Kiwifruit production began in earnest in Greece in 1972 in the region of Pieria in Central Macedonia. Since then, the cultivation has spread to the regions of Kavala, Imathia, Arta, and Lamia. Nevertheless, the Pieria region remains the producer accounting for almost 45 percent of total Greek kiwifruit production. Since 2005, the Greek land area for cultivation has kept an increasing trend, going up from 4,500 hectares to more than 6,000 at present. The commercial volumes have also followed the same pattern thanks to progressive first time production in new plots of land. Kiwifruit production in 2011 Total Ar Total production ea He Metric Tons ctares Greece 6,150 90,000 Source: Unofficial estimates based on Greek industry contacts Top 10 Greek kiwifruit imports Quantity % Change Partner Country Metric Tons 2,009 2,010 2,011 2011/2010 World 3,975 4,549 3,581 - 21.29 Italy 862 2,287 1,660 - 27.43 Chile 1,919 1,508 1,328 - 11.92 Netherlands 385 447 386 - 13.60 Belgium 704 71 100 40.56 Cyprus - - 21 0.00 Spain 102 74 20 - 72.87 Serbia - - 20 0.00 Germany 2 40 16 - 61.10 Austria - - 14 0.00 France 1 115 12 - 89.20 Bulgaria 0 7 4 - 38.81 Source: Global Trade Atlas Top 10 Greek kiwifruit exports Quantity % Change Partner Coun Metric Tons try 2,009 2,010 2,011 2011/2010 World 53,533 71,669 66,833 - 6.75 Russia 15,506 16,030 21,409 33.56 Ukraine 3,929 6,904 6,876 - 0.41 Romania 6,303 7,165 5,633 - 21.38 Bulgaria 3,656 6,070 4,836 - 20.34 Moldova 797 3,901 4,623 18.49 Germany 4,272 6,562 4,172 - 36.42 Macedonia 2,184 2,070 2,050 - 0.96 Poland 1,757 4,310 2,031 - 52.89 Turkey 3,325 2,204 1,844 - 16.32 Jordan 72 1,034 1,659 60.41 Source: Global Trade Atlas Abbreviations and Definitions Used in this Report HS Code: 081050 Ha hectare; 1 ha = 2.471 acres MT Metric ton = 1,000 kg Marketing Year: December/November
Posted: 29 September 2012

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