In the Zaporizhzhya region of Ukraine, frost completely destroyed the future harvest of early cherries – Evgenia Nikityuk


In the Zaporizhzhya region of Ukraine, frost completely destroyed the future harvest of early cherries – Evgenia Nikityuk

04/15/2020

Middle varieties are destroyed by frost by 95%. As for the late varieties, it is still difficult to estimate these losses, since their flowering period has not yet ended.

In the Zaporizhzhya region of Ukraine, due to spring frosts, the inflorescences of the plantings of early varieties of cherries have now completely died. About this today, with reference to information received from agronomist LLC Aurora Evgenia Nikityuk during the International online conference “Stone fruits and covid19: the impact on prices, production and trade,” said Andrei Yarmak, economist at the investment department of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.

The conference was organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) with the support of the Ukrainian Fruit and Vegetable Association (UPAA), the Federation of Agricultural Producers of Moldova FARM and the agro-media agency Sapienza.

According to Evgenia Nikityuk, middle varieties are destroyed by frost by 95%. As for the late varieties, it is still difficult to estimate these losses, since their flowering period has not yet ended.

In general, more than 70% of stone fruit buds are already damaged by frost. For the remaining percentage of the ovary, gardeners are fighting with drugs – Attonic + has proven itself in this. At the same time, the gardener expressed an opinion regarding the prospects of such stone fruits as early apricot, cherry plum and plum, which “will not be at all, despite the processing of amino acids.” Later plum varieties, according to Evgenia Nikityuk, are damaged by 80%.

At the same time, according to her information, there is one caveat – the main death of flowering fruit trees is recorded at a height of up to 2 meters. Higher -flowing potential is much better. At the same time, Aurora LLC in this case saved the tall plantings.

Regarding the prospects of pricing in the stone fruit market, Evgenia Nikityuk expressed the opinion that not a high price this season will be fixed for cherries. This is due to the fact that producers will not be able to form export lots due to the low yield of this crop. The purchasing power in the domestic market due to restrictive quarantine measures has decreased. In addition, cherries are not the main consumer product and therefore the demand for it, subject to high prices, in the opinion of Evgenia Nikityuk, will be low.

The market specialist also expressed the opinion that 2020 will be extremely difficult for stone fruit producers and therefore, “the task is to survive, we are not even talking about development”.

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