Export of cherries and strawberries from Moldova stopped due to heavy rains


Export of cherries and strawberries from Moldova stopped due to heavy rains

06/02/2020

Heavy rainfall at the turn of May and June can also have a negative effect on mid-ripe sweet cherry crops

In Moldova, the rainy season has been going on for more than a week. According to experts of the hydrometeorological service of the Republic of Moldova, about 20-50 mm of precipitation fell in many parts of the country during this time, and in some districts as heavy rains. After a prolonged drought, replenishment of moisture reserves in the soil is vital for all farmland. But at the same time, rainfall creates tangible problems for producers of sweet cherries and strawberries.

The leadership of the Pomușoarele Moldovei Association of Berry Producers claims that because of rainfall, large berry farms have been postponing the export of strawberries to Russia for the second week. Farmers are trying to quickly sell wet berries in the domestic market. However, the product quickly deteriorates, a large proportion of rejects, prices are reduced. Moreover, as EastFruit reported, a large consignment of contraband strawberries arrived in Moldova last week.

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Due to excess moisture in the gardens of Moldova, cherries also suffered. To a greater extent, this applies to early ripe varieties, ripe berries crack and lose their presentation. In this connection, risks increase and requirements for its sorting / packaging processes are tightened. Nevertheless, as the Association of Manufacturers and Exporters “Moldova Fruct” reported, in the coming days several companies will begin to export cherries to the Russian market, and directly to the supermarket chain.

As large producers of cherries note, heavy rainfall at the turn of May and June can also have a negative effect on the yield of middle-ripe sweet cherries. Alas, in the Republic of Moldova, only a few super-intensive gardens are equipped with anti-rain systems. In separate intensive gardens, farmers, in order to avoid plant stress during a sharp transition from the dry to the rainy period, used irrigation systems since winter and early spring. At the moment, they are trying to blow excess moisture from the trees (due to the work of sprayers at “idle”). Nevertheless, mid-ripening cherry plantations – Skeena and others – are likely to suffer from precipitation.

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