Plum processors forecast a very difficult season in Moldova


Plum processors forecast a very difficult season in Moldova

08/13/2020

Market participants believe that in the 2020 season, the volume of purchases of technical plums on the Moldovan market will decrease significantly

The heads of enterprises for the production of dried fruits and plum paste believe that in the 2020 season, the volume of purchases of technical plums on the Moldovan market will decrease significantly. Earlier, in the most fruitful years for fruit processors, Moldovan producers of prunes and plum paste harvested approximately 10 thousand tons of raw materials.

There are too many preconditions for a fall in plum processing. First of all, this is a potential rather sharp decline in yield. In early summer, under the influence of frosts, it was estimated at the level of 10-20% compared to last year’s level (in 2019, the plum harvest was 109 thousand tons). In August, due to a prolonged drought, forecasts worsened, and this was more related to the quality of products – the bulk of the autumn plum harvest will be formed by small fruits. This is a big disadvantage for converters.

Incidentally, for the “fresh market” this is also a problem, but not the biggest one. Thus, the heads of individual horticultural enterprises note in this regard that European consumers, especially in the Federal Republic of Germany, do not consider the small size of the plum to be a major drawback, other characteristics of these fruits are more significant. In particular, the level of sugar content.

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But even with this indicator, difficulties can arise. In severe drought conditions, fruits slowly accumulate sugars, worse, trees begin to “pull” nutrients from the fruits. And sour plum is a low-quality raw material for the production of plum paste.

However, the most important factor limiting the prospects for plum processing is the plans of gardeners and traders to actively export these fruits this season. Even in summer, due to significant losses in the plum crop in a number of EU countries and in the Russian Federation, Moldovan plums for export are sold no cheaper than 6-8 lei / kg ($ 0.42-0.56 / kg). Gardeners consider this price level to be quite high, moreover, they expect a rise in prices for plums of the main export variety Stanley by mid-September.

At the same time, according to Moldovan traders, the prospects for prune prices rise in the EU market are far from the best. Moreover, negotiations on its deliveries in the new marketing season with European partners began, alas, with a “low start” – no more than 1.6 euros / kg.

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