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Bad weather shrinks Hungary's fruit production by 1/3Bad weather reduced Hungary’s fruit production by about one-third this year, but the vegetable harvest was better than average, the head of growers association, FruitVeB, said. Spring frosts, storms, hail and heavy rain were blamed for the shrinkage by 250,000-300,000 tonnes to 750,000-800,000 tonnes, said Ferenc Ledó.
Watermelon growers had seen a similar weak year in 2016. Although they expected a record yield of around 235-240 thousand tons, they harvested just 200-205 instead. Ledó has also said that 70% of the strawberry plantation has been damaged by early spring frost. Cherry and sour cherry also got a hard hit by the weather.
The vegetable harvest reached 1.7 million tonnes, a few percent over the average, as greenhouse yields climbed 5-7% to 430,000 tonnes, he added. Hungarian farmers produced 170,00-180,000 tonnes of paprika and 110,000-115,000 tonnes of tomatoes. Fruit and vegetable output reached 260 billion-280 billion forints for the year, calculating with farm gate prices.
Publication date: 1/3/2017
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