This year, Poland increased apple exports to EU countries while reducing Belarus and Egypt – Irina Spaska


This year, Poland increased apple exports to EU countries while reducing Belarus and Egypt – Irina Spaska

05/26/2020

At the same time, Polish apple producers predict continued export growth in the EU already in the 2020/21 season.

Outgoing season 2019/20 for Polish apple producers it is very different from the 2018/19 season. due to the fact that last year in Poland about 25% less apples were harvested than in 2018. A poor harvest of apples in the country led to a significant reduction in the storage of Polish gardeners. So, as of March 1, 2020, apple stocks in Polish warehouses were estimated at about 0.5 million tons, and a year earlier – at 1 million tons. At the same time, manufacturers predict that in the new season, apple crop volumes will not decrease compared to 2019.

This opinion was expressed by Irina Spaska, export manager of Fresh World (Poland), during the First international apple online conference of the EastFruit project “Apple predictions”, which was held on May 20 with the support of FAO and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), agro-media agencies of Sapienza, Ukrainian Fruit and Vegetable Association (UPOA), the international analytical project Fruit-Inform and the Federation of Agricultural Producers of Moldova FARM.

Speaking about the situation with the export of Polish apples, the player in the Polish fruit and vegetable market noted that from March to May of this year, apple exports to Belarus and Egypt have significantly decreased, while increasing to the EU countries. In 2019, the exact opposite was observed.

She also noted that the situation with coronovirus led to the fact that the Polish apple rose in price by almost 94%. “This is due to increased demand for products on the market by consumers. The further price of the Polish apple will very much depend on domestic demand and export markets. The price may drop slightly over the next 3 weeks – to the limit of $ 0.2-0.4 / kg, “said Irina Spaska.

She also emphasized that the drought recorded in Poland at the beginning of this year is likely to affect the quality of the future crop.

“Most likely there will be a lot of small-caliber apples and, accordingly, a small-large apple,” said Fresh World export manager.

Irina Spaska also noted that apples remain the dominant fruit in the Polish produce market. This is because Poland ranks third in the world in gross apple harvest after the United States and China.

“In the period 2007-2019, the harvest of apples in the country was recorded only for three years – in 2007, 2010 and 2017. At the same time, in 2017 there was a 32% drop in yield compared to the previous year.

About half of the Polish apple crop goes for processing, and 27% of the crop goes for export. Moreover, in the season 2013-2014. Poland was the world’s largest exporter of apples, “said Irina Spaska.

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