Dried fruit production to remain high whereas tree nuts output expected to be low this year

The International Nut and Dried Fruit Council (INC), the global umbrella organisation for the nut and dried fruit sector, has anticipated a decrease in tree nut output and an increase in dried fruit production for 2021-22, according to its media statement.

Following the end of the northern hemisphere harvest, global tree nut production for the year is expected to be around 5 million tonnes (kernel basis, excludes pistachios in-shell). It’s down 8 per cent from 2020-21, but it’s still ahead of FY20 volumes and continues the prior decade’s growth trend.

The world’s dried fruit production on the other hand is expected to reach 3.17 million tonnes in 2021-22, up 6 per cent from the previous year.

Tree nut production increased by 54 per cent from 2011/12 and 2021/22. Despite the difficulties caused by Covid-19, overall demand remained high in the 2020-21 marketing year, with most tree nut exports increasing over the previous season and even reaching record international shipments, according to INC.

According to the statement, the global almond production is anticipated to fall by 8 per cent in 2020-21, to 1598,900 tonnes, due to a shorter crop in the United States.

Because the biggest pistachio producers, the United States, Iran, and Turkey, are having good “off years,” the total harvest is expected to drop by up to 31 per cent to 7,29,300 tonnes from the previous season.

Following last season’s record, global walnut production is expected to fall slightly below 2020-21 levels, to 984,925 tonnes, as China expects an average crop and California a shorter one. It’s also expected that the crop of Brazil nuts would be smaller.

Peanut output is predicted to reach 50.5 tonnes in 2020-21, up 2 per cent from 2020-21, with greater crops expected in Nicaragua (14 per cent) Brazil (9 per cent) Nigeria (8 per cent), China (4 per cent) the United States (2 per cent), and India (1 per cent).

Crops of cashew, hazelnut, and macadamia are expected to increase by 3 to 7 per cent over the previous season, with pine nuts seeing the most growth, owing to larger crops in China and Russia. The outlook for dried fruits is bright, with a much greater crop of prunes and dates expected, as well as a somewhat higher harvest of dried grapes (raisins, sultanas, and currants) and dried cranberries.

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