Crimson boom awaiting Poland?
High raspberry prices mean increased interest in growing them. This applies to both Poland and Ukraine. However, as practice shows, this is a road to nowhere. High prices lead to an increase in the plantation, followed by years of low prices and unprofitableness. Plantations are declining, prices are rising again. It would seem that the situation is stabilizing.
Raspberry prices in Poland have been high this season. As with fresh fruit, so is fruit for processing. The production was undoubtedly profitable. The situation is conducive to the creation of new berry plantations. Unfortunately, a similar scheme has already been encountered when growing other crops, and it does not always end positively, writes EastFruit with reference to sad24.pl.
The publication contacted both industry consultants and manufacturers. They unanimously confirm the increased interest in raspberry seedlings. This is directly related to the successful season. Mr. Pavel, a raspberry grower from the Krasnik area, confirms this trend. He adds that some of the new plantations are likely to be used with low-quality seedlings.
Experts in Ukraine point to a similar trend. Nursery owners confirm a much higher number of inquiries and orders for raspberry seedlings than a year ago. In Ukraine, the problem is, first of all, in low-quality planting material. The result is known: the low quality and efficiency of such plantings. In Ukraine, producers choose inexpensive seedlings for 1 hryvnia (0.15 zloty). Quality material for nurseries costs more than 15 hryvnia – 2.20 zł ($ 0.7).
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The processing industry is worth mentioning here. In Poland, the line between the lack of raw materials and their surplus is very thin, which is skillfully used by the processing industry. However, not only producers, but also processors will also benefit from the stabilization of production. Quality is one of the signs of stabilization. Without price fluctuations, there will be no large increase in new plantations.
The worst possible scenario is very large stocks in a good year. Fruits that are not sold in wholesale markets are sent for processing. And this is an argument for lower prices.