FRUIT GROWING IN SOUTH TYROL

H. Oberhofer
In the South Tyrol (Province of Bozen/Italy) there are now 15 600 ha. of fruit orchards. Apples are grown on about 98 % of this area (15 300 hectares) while pear-trees occupy 2 % of it.

Other fruits, which are less important, include apricots in the Vinschgau, sour cherries in the Eisack valley and black currants and strawberries on some mountain-farms.

In the whole of Italy there were about 69 400 ha. of commercial apple plantings in 1977, so the South Tyrol has about 22 % of the whole Italian production area.

Table 1 shows the apple-growing areas of the most important Italian regions:

Table 1 - Apple growing regions of Italy.

Regions Hectares Share in %
South Tyrol/Trentino 24 800 35,8
- South Tyrol 15 300 22,0
- Trentino 9 500 13,8
Emilia-Romagna 15 000 21,7
Veneto 10 900 15,8
Piemont 7 100 10,3
Campania 4 500 6,6
Others 7 000 9,8

Total for Italy 69 400 100,0

If as the term of comparison we take the annual production, the South Tyrol with an average of 400 000 tons gives 20 % of the national apple-production or about 6–7 % of the total yield of the nine EEC countries.

Oberhofer, H. (1981). FRUIT GROWING IN SOUTH TYROL. Acta Hortic. 114, 23-44
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.1981.114.1
https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.1981.114.1

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