In Moldova, the price of cherries for export is not related to the price of this fruit for the domestic market – opinion


In Moldova, the price of cherries for export is not related to the price of this fruit for the domestic market – opinion

05/30/2020

The bulk of cherries for the domestic market is grown in households and small farms

In the Moldovan market over the past two weeks of May, the average wholesale price for cherries has decreased one and a half to two times – up to 25-38 lei / kg ($ 1.42-2.15 / kg) depending on the diameter and ripeness of the fruit. However, this fact does not bother large domestic producers of cherries. They are considering the option of delivering significant volumes of products to the domestic market, but only in a pinch. From the second week of June, horticultural enterprises intend to begin exporting cherries.

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“Domestic prices for cherries in Moldova, in fact, have no relation to the price of this product intended for export,” said the Chairman of the Association of Producers and Exporters of Moldova Fruct Vitaly Gorincioi. – By and large, these are two different categories of goods produced by different categories of farmers. The bulk of the sweet cherry for the domestic market is grown in households and small farms. By the way, in the last cherry orchards, being small in size, they can already be laid on the basis of high-quality planting material of popular varieties, they can be well-groomed and produce high-quality products. Moreover, cherries from such gardens are not only early, they will be delivered in June. Large horticultural enterprises are conceptually export oriented and have the appropriate infrastructure. Significant deliveries of such enterprises to the domestic market – if they happen – in a matter of days or weeks will simply “kill” the business of small farms. In addition, subjects of large fruit business sell the same cherries in relatively large batches at prices that domestic buyers are not able to pay. ”

Moldova annually produces about 10-12 thousand tons of cherries. This year, its harvest is likely to decline by 40-50%.

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