Moldovan gardeners note a significant increase in demand for apples


Moldovan gardeners note a significant increase in demand for apples

09/16/2020

Summer apple sales this year, according to expert estimates, are several times higher than last year’s for the same period

According to the Customs Service of the Republic of Moldova, in the period July-August 2020, about 24 thousand tons of apples of the new harvest were exported from the country. More than 95% of this volume of products was sent to the Russian market and the CIS countries. However, 550 tons of apples were sold to buyers from the European Union, mainly from Romania. Summer apple sales this year, according to expert estimates, are several times higher than last year’s for the same period.

The heads of large horticultural companies say that at the turn of summer and autumn, the demand for apples continues to grow. Real applications for the purchase of these fruits come not only from Russia and the European Union, but even from the countries of the Persian Gulf and India. This circumstance is surprising from the point of view of Moldovan gardeners and traders, at least from the point of view that they previously had not the most successful experience of supplying apples (in particular, to India and some other countries of Southeast Asia). Last year, the export of Moldovan apples to third countries (not the CIS and the European Union) amounted to less than one thousand tons, that is, it almost halved from the corresponding figure for 2018.

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Operators of the Moldovan fruit market associate the increase in demand for apples with the predicted almost universal decline in their harvest. Earlier EastFruit reported that in the Republic of Moldova, experts from non-governmental organizations of farmers are reducing the summer forecast for apple production this year. According to the estimates of agricultural producers, which in the current circumstances can be considered optimistic, the best agricultural enterprises, due to a decrease in apple yields, will store these products about 20% less than last year.

In the context of the prospect of a significant reduction in the harvest and a steadily growing demand, wholesale prices for Moldovan apples, intended both for the local market and for export, have been gradually increasing since the end of summer (by the beginning of this week – 6-8 lei / kg, $ 0.35-0 , 47 / kg). In stationary retail, prices for local apples of the best quality are almost twice the level of wholesale prices. Last week, individual supermarket chains offered customers imported (Chilean) apples at a price of 30-33 lei / kg ($ 1.80-1.98 / kg). In fact, the prices for this product were comparable to those for bananas.

Some traders point out that, judging by the experience of the last two or three seasons, active sales of Moldovan apples from refrigerators begin at the moment when the wholesale price of demand for them reaches the “psychological level” of $ 1 / kg. Last year, which was not the best in terms of the production of these fruits, this happened periodically already in winter, in March even those agricultural traders who usually started selling products from refrigerators not earlier than April began to sell apples. They do not exclude that in the current lean year, if a favorable price environment develops, including on non-traditional sales markets for Moldovan exporters, the sale of apples from refrigerators may begin at the end of autumn.

At the same time, some traders argue that, given the decline in the purchasing power of the average consumer in many apple importing countries, the prices for these products of the 2020 harvest are unlikely to significantly exceed the level of the last season. Just as the relatively affordable summer apple was an alternative to expensive stone fruits and berries, citrus fruits and bananas can be an acceptable alternative to the overly expensive autumn apples.

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