Moldovan producers count on export of garden strawberry to the Russian Federation as the main sales channel in 2020


Moldovan producers count on export of garden strawberry to the Russian Federation as the main sales channel in 2020

04/07/2020

At the beginning of this year in Moldova there are 4.1 thousand ha of berry plantations, of which at least 40-45% of the area is planted with strawberry

According to the Ministry of Agriculture MADRM, at the beginning of this year in Moldova there are 4.1 thousand ha of berry plantations, of which at least 40-45% of the area is planted with strawberry. In 2019, the country’s berry harvest amounted to 15.5 thousand tons, more than 3 thousand tons of products were exported. At least 70-80% of the external supply of berries from the Republic of Moldova comes from strawberries, with the bulk of these products being exported to the Russian market during the first month of summer. This year, despite the radical reformatting of the fruit and berry business in the realities of the pandemic, Moldovan berry-hopers are hoping to at least partially preserve the traditional export channels of strawberries in the Russian Federation.

The specificity of the strawberry segment of the berry business of the Republic of Moldova is that it is quite clearly localized geographically – there are only a few regions, which account for about a third of all strawberry production and half of all its exports. So, in particular, in 2019, berry farmers in the village of Kunicha (Floresti district in the north of the Republic of Moldova) produced and exported almost 1 thousand tons of strawberries. In the “high season” they shipped five to six berry refrigerated trucks daily to Russia.

See also: Garden strawberries are getting cheaper everywhere except Ukraine – a fresh berries market overview for the 14th week of 2020.

Berry production is an inertial process, in 2020 no one plans to curtail it due to restrictions related to the state of emergency in the Republic of Moldova due to a pandemic. Moreover, in Kunich and some other berry clusters of the north and east of the Republic of Moldova, strawberries are grown on irrigated lands, therefore, even in conditions of atmospheric drought, a good crop is possible here and this year.

At the same time, Moldavian producers of berries are very worried about the decline in the purchasing power of Russians in connection with the devaluation of the ruble and, especially, the prospect of curtailing the “tray-street trade” of berries in the context of quarantine restrictions in large cities of the Russian Federation. As farmers note, the most popular variety of strawberries produced in large berry farms in the Republic of Moldova is “Marmalade”. And supermarkets – both in Moldova and in Russia – prefer strawberries of other varieties, with more dense, transportable and long-stored berries.

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