Moldovan farmers redirected a significant share of the 2020 harvest strawberries to the domestic market


Moldovan farmers redirected a significant share of the 2020 harvest strawberries to the domestic market

07/28/2020

Due to weather stresses throughout almost the entire spring and June, the quality of garden strawberries has significantly decreased.

The season of garden strawberries (strawberries) is coming to an end in Moldova. According to preliminary estimates of farmers, this year the strawberry harvest was on average 20-40% lower than last year. Moreover, due to weather stresses throughout almost the entire spring and June, the quality of the berries has significantly decreased. For this reason, some large berry producers were forced to reorient a significant part of their trade flow to the domestic market, despite attractive price offers from exporter traders and buyers in foreign markets.

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So, for example, the “strawberry cluster” of the village of Kunicha in the Floresti district (which includes more than a hundred farmers growing strawberries on an area of ​​about 120 hectares) sent more than 900 tons of berries to the Russian market last year, and this year – only about half of last year volume. Purchase prices for strawberries for export to the Russian market, in the opinion of their producers, were relatively high – on average $ 1.72-1.75 / kg. However, the alternation of periods of drought and heat with rainy and cool periods, especially during the harvest period, negatively affected the quality of the products. It did not always meet the standards set by partner traders. Therefore, a large share of strawberries entered the Chisinau wholesale market. The price corresponded to the quality, fluctuated within a wide range of 10-30 lei / kg ($ 0.59-1.72 / kg).

In the previous three years, Moldova exported (more than 90-95% – to the RF) annually about 2.5-3.3 thousand tons of strawberries. This year, according to preliminary estimates of market operators, export deliveries of this berry have decreased by about 20-30%.

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