In Moldova, currant prices are kept high due to low supply


In Moldova, currant prices are kept high due to low supply

06/30/2020

According to experts of the Berry Association, the area under currants in Moldova has been dynamically reduced over the past four to five years

By the beginning of the last week of June, in the domestic market, wholesale prices for blackcurrant had stabilized in the range of 40-45 lei / kg ($ 2.29-2.58 / kg), red – 30-35 lei / kg ($ 1.72-2, 01 / kg). At the same time last year, the price difference for black and red currants was less, and the maximum price level for these products was significantly lower – not exceeding $ 1.55 / kg.

Specialists of the Pomușoarele Moldovei Association of Berry Producers note that although currant plantations suffered little from spring frosts, subsequently, the sum of adverse weather factors affected this segment of the berry industry. Currants appeared on the market a little later than usual and in small quantities, its harvest is likely to be significantly lower than last year. This was the main factor supporting berry prices in June.

Will this trend continue in early July? The industry association believes that an unequivocal answer to this question is difficult to give. The probability of a price reduction is evidenced by the fact that last week on the Moldovan market appeared high-quality, apparently – even calibrated, currants from Ukraine. Deliveries of local berries to city markets are also likely to at least not decline. Finally, berry producers have noted a marked decline in demand as a result of reduced incomes and purchasing power of the population.

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On the other hand, it is not yet clear how active currant exports will be in July. In the past few years, the external supply of this berry from the Republic of Moldova has been very unstable, according to the National Food Safety Authority ANSA, ranged from 15-65 tons per season. Gradually, in the structure of Moldavian export of berries, blackberries are replacing currants. However, last year the situation changed a bit: supplies of dessert blackberries to the Russian market decreased in the second half of the season, while traders began to supply Moldovan late currants to Poland for freezing. This year, the external supply of these berries is difficult to predict.

According to experts of the Berry Association, the area under currants in Moldova has been dynamically reduced over the past four to five years. Currently, the total plantation area of ​​this berry, according to official figures, is less than a hundred hectares, although in fact it is most likely even lower. As climate changes, primarily because of the increasing droughts, a significant number of berry growers uprooted blackcurrant plantations.

Historically in Moldova varieties of this crop, resistant to frost, were grown. However, in the past few years, due to the abrupt transition “from winter to summer”, hot weather in April-May represents a much bigger problem for normal blackcurrant vegetation in Moldova than frosts.

The association “Pomușoarele Moldovei” hopes that the area under this berry will gradually recover due to drought-resistant red varieties, in particular, “Jennifer”. However, until this happens, red currant varieties are much less popular with consumers than black currant varieties.

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