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Good apple season expected for Serbia and UkraineApple producers in SE Europe have fared better after spring frosts hit countries all around Europe, causing harvest losses across the board. According to preliminary estimates by WAPA, EU countries will collect 9.3 million tons of apples this season, the lowest harvest in the last 10 years.
Serbia seems to be one of the few countries which is expecting no losses this season. Initial estimates are that production will be around 400,000 tonnes, the same amount as last year. Around 98,000 tonnes are expected for Golden Delicious, and 59,000 tonnes for Granny Smith.
In the Ukraine, the harvest of of individual varieties will be smaller, but the total amount of losses will not exceed 10%. Gala production will decrease by 8%, with a total production of 91,000 thousand tonnes. However, even with the slight losses this year, there has still been a 28% increase if you look at the production average in the last 3 years. It's a similar situation with Golden Delicious, although this year will be down by 12% with 379,000 tons compared to last season, the production average of the last 3 years is still up by 25%. The same for Jonagold, down 8% this year with 198,000 tonnes compared to 2016, but up by 27% in the last few years.
"Poland, which is the main supplier of imported apples to Ukraine, will harvest only 2.8 million tons of apples, which is 35% less than in the previous season. In Russia, which, despite the embargo, remains de facto, the main external consumer of Ukrainian and European apples, the gross collection in 2017 will amount to 1.1 million tons, against 1.7 million in the previous season," said Tatiana Getman from Info-Shuvar.
"In general, we expect the competition with Polish apples in Ukraine to weaken significantly this year, and as of April 2018, Ukrainian apples will cost at least 18% more than in the previous season. Nevertheless, exports will remain at the same level, or even increase slightly," said Oleksandr Horev, head of APK-Inform.
Belarus is another country where limited losses are expected, with around a 19% reduction in 2017 from the 125,000 tonnes in 2016.
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