In 2020, the EU may reduce tomato exports by 7%


In 2020, the EU may reduce tomato exports by 7%

07/24/2020

In April 2020 alone, due to quarantine restrictions, the export of fresh tomatoes from the EU fell by 20%

The European Commission predicts a 2% drop in tomato production in 2020 due to a 7% drop in production in Spain, the leading producing country in Europe.

This is reported by AgroTimes with reference to FreshPlaza information.

Among the largest tomato producers in the EU, the Netherlands is in second place, Poland is in third, Italy is fourth and France is fifth.

The European Commission notes that if production in Spain falls by 7% in 2020, it will increase in Poland, while in other countries it will be more or less stable. Lower average yields are expected in the hotter months and higher in the winter, thanks to the heated greenhouses.

See also: Ukraine imports tomatoes and cucumbers even during the high season

The shutdown of the HoReCa sector due to quarantine reduced the demand and prices for fresh tomatoes. At the same time, sales in retail chains increased, especially of small tomato varieties.

Exports of fresh tomatoes from the EU in April fell by 20% due to the pandemic. By the end of the year, it is expected to decrease by 7% compared to the average for the last 5 years. However, while imports are expected to grow. Morocco imports the majority of tomatoes to the European Union – 71%, followed by Turkey – 17%.

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