Plum crop losses in Hungary are over 50%


Plum crop losses in Hungary are over 50%

07/27/2020

The harvest of plums in Hungary due to the impact of spring frosts and dry weather this year will be 23-32 thousand tons

The harvest of plums in Hungary due to the impact of spring frosts and dry weather this year will range from 23-32 thousand tons, which is significantly lower than the average of 65 thousand tons per year. The loss of fruit harvest in Hungary is estimated at 50-80%. Due to frosts in late March, April and even in May, producers suffered significant damage, Fruit-infotm reports with reference to freshplaza.

In addition, extremely dry weather in late winter and early spring exacerbated the situation in most production areas.

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This year’s plum season started in the first half of July in southern and central Hungary with the earliest varieties (Katinka, Cacanska Rana, Topfive). However, only insignificant volumes reached the market. The peak season for homemade plums usually begins in late July.

As EastFruit previously reported, the SC Farm-Prod SRL horticultural enterprise (Olanesti village, Stefan Voda district) sent to Germany the first batch of 19 tons of plum variety “Chachakskaya Early” of the new crop. This year, the company plans to collect about 500 tons of plums from 30 hectares of plum orchards (at different stages of fruiting) – at the level of last year. In 2019, the company shipped about 400 tons of plums to two buyers in Germany.

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