According to EastFruit analysts, while the apple market in Ukraine is burdened by overproduction and record low prices, the situation is very different for pears. In October, pear prices in the country grew by more than one and a half times, despite the ongoing harvest.
Today, Ukrainian growers are able to sell a kilogram of high-quality pears for an average of $ 0.35 per kg, while for apples they receive only half of this price. If the producer grows a Conference variety, they can receive up to $ 0.53 per kg for those pears. For comparison, producers in neighboring Poland receive 23% less for a pear of the Conference variety, while prices for it have decreased by almost 20% in a month.
Despite the ideal conditions for growing high-quality pears, Ukraine remains a net importer of these fruits. However, this does not mean that producers should immediately rush into pear production, since there are some handicaps. A pear is, technically speaking, much harder to grow, and it is also considerably less resistant to frost than most apple varieties. It is also necessary to take into account that in many countries of Western Europe, there has been a pear overproduction for several years and that the demand for is not increasing as well as that of apples.
The world's largest exporters of pears are China, the Netherlands, Belgium, South Africa, Chile and Italy. In recent years, Ukraine has managed to increase its export volumes; however, it still ranks 45th in the global ranking.