Chile exported more than 20,000 tons of organic blueberry

According to iQonsulting's 2020-2021 Blueberry Yearbook, Chile exported more than 20,000 tons of organic blueberries in the previous campaign, a record volume that was 35% higher than the volume it exported in the 2019-2020 campaign. This growth is associated with the entry into force of the System Approach in the Ñuble and Biobio regions, which would be responsible for the large increase in organic exports as its exports increased by 148% going from 2,900 tons in the 2019/20 campaign to 7,182 tons in the 2020/21 campaign.

Chile becomes China’s top table grapes supplier with an import value of $260 mn

Chile was China's top supplier of imported table grapes with a total import value in excess of $260 million, according to the UN Comtrade database. In terms of volume, imports of Chilean table grapes to China during 2020 were 68% higher than for the number two country, Australia. In fact, Chilean grapes accounted for approximately 44% of China’s total fresh grape imports in 2020. According to the Chilean Fruit Exporters Association (ASOEX), Chile exported 111,487 tons of table grapes to China during the 2019/20 season.

New home sales up 89% in March

New property sales grew 89% in March compared to the same period in 2020, according to TOCTOC.com's InfoInmobiliario, with 3,060 units sold in Greater Santiago - 2,311 flats and 749 houses. These figures also show an increase in the pace of marketing, representing an increase of 14% over its historical average monthly sales over the last decade. These numbers led the real estate market to close the January-March period with 8,676 units sold, registering an increase of 58% over the same period last year.

Government submits third pension withdrawal bill to the Chamber of Deputies

The Government has submitted to the Chamber of Deputies its bill that seeks to allow a third withdrawal of pension funds, as an alternative to the initiative promoted by the opposition, which has already been passed into law. According to the Government, its proposal "addresses the urgent needs of families, granting benefits to 3 million contributors who currently have a zero balance in their individual capitalisation accounts and establishing a mechanism to recover the pension savings withdrawn, thus strengthening future pensions".

Sonnedix seeks permit to build $140 mn 175-MWp solar-storage combo in Chile

Sonnedix Power Holdings Ltd has initiated the environmental permitting process for a project to build a 175-MWp solar farm with energy storage in the Chilean region of O’Higgins. The global independent solar power producer would invest $140 million to build the whole set-up, including a substation and a high-voltage transmission line, its application for the environmental review shows.