In the refrigerators of Moldovan viticulture farms, stocks halved

In the refrigerators of Moldovan viticulture farms, stocks halved


A factor in price appreciation may be the opening from the beginning of 2020 of an expanded – up to 20 thousand tons of preferential quota for the supply of table grapes from Moldova to the European Union

According to the chairman of the Association of table grape producers of the Kahul region Sergey Tutovan, by the end of December, at least half of the total volume of grapes from the 2019 harvest laid for storage was left in the refrigerated warehouses of local enterprises.

According to the head of the organization, this state of things in general repeats the rather negative situation of last year. The dynamics of foreign sales of table grapes has significantly decreased since the beginning of October – the moment when the annual duty-free quota (10 thousand tons) for exporting grapes to the European Union was completely selected. As a result, by the end of November, from Moldova a little more than 13 thousand tons of these products arrived on the European market. About the same amount of Moldovan table grapes was exported to the CIS countries. And in general, the scale of grape export in the second half of 2019 is comparable to the export of this product in the same period of 2018.

Almost according to last year’s scenario, the dynamics of prices for table grapes is also taking shape. In general, until the second half of December 2019, product prices – 9-11 lei / kg or $ 0.54-0.66 / kg – were slightly higher than in autumn and at the beginning of last winter – no more than 7-8 lei / kg or $ 0.42-0.48 / kg. Over 12 lei / kg ($ 0.72 / kg) in the second half of this year, the procurers offered only winegrowers for the highest quality products. However, recently, exporting traders, like on the eve of the main winter holidays last year, have been trying to reduce the price of grapes purchased from agricultural producers to the same 7-8 lei / kg or even lower. The main motive is the low demand for Moldovan grapes due to the relatively small berries (a consequence of the drought of the second half of the summer of this year).

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At such a price, winegrowers sell their products reluctantly and in small quantities. Obviously, they hope for an increase in demand and prices for grapes in January next year. However, they experienced the same feelings in November-December of this year, but in vain. Moreover, Sergey Tutovan believes that last year’s “down shifting” of prices and demand for grapes, the quality of which does not improve during storage, is not ruled out.

A factor in strengthening the price of table grapes may be the opening from the beginning of 2020 of a new, and expanded – up to 20 thousand tons, preferential quota for the supply of table grapes from Moldova to the European Union. However, as some experts fear, in addition to opportunities, this circumstance is fraught with risks. For example, with the prospect of sampling most of the euro quota for next year already in January-February. And in the second half of the year, when a new (and, possibly, higher and better) grape crop appears in Moldova, there will be little left of the European quota.

According to representatives of winegrowing associations, less than 100 thousand tons of table grapes were harvested in Moldova this year. For storage it is usually laid no more than 60-70 thousand tons. This year, refrigerators reserved for grapes, after harvesting, were filled on average by no more than 80%.


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