Despite increases by some species, fruit production for 2013 is expected to fall 12 percent from 2012, according to General Manager Ilan Eshel of the Israel Fruit Growers' Association. Citing estimates gathered by training personnel in the Ministry of Agriculture, the association said the net loss is due to weather conditions, including the drastic dropoff in rainfall after the good start to the last rainy season, as well as natural disasters.
Pomegranates are expected to hit a record 60,000 metric tons, while avocado output is expected to rise almost 16 percent to 81,000 tons. The leading crop was bananas, with 150,000 of the total expected output of 721,000 tons, up seven percent. Apples, which accounted for 145,000 tons last year, will fall 38 percent to 90,000. The mango crop is expected to be half as big as in 2012, and the pear output is expected to drop 42 percent.