Due to the colder climate, Russia's peak berry season takes place during June and July, when the berries are harvested in villages and on dachas. Last week, growers in Krasnodar Krai, the largest commercial region along with Adygea, started their raspberry season and are expecting equal to higher yields than last year.
Last season saw a delay and with harvest starting on time this year, starting prices are approximately 17% lower at RUB 180-250/kg (USD 2.81-3.90/kg).
berries are grown in open ground and are not available 12 months a year like in warmer
countries. During the last 5 years, commercial production
has been gradually expanding from the south to the north and the east of
Russia, but domestic production is still not enough to meet demand.
Boost for strawberry production
A recent boost in new strawberry projects involving innovative
agrarian technologies in the Central Black Earth
Region have given a boost to domestic production.
Strawberries have remained the most popular berry
for many years in the Russian market. According to “Tekhnologii Rosta’s” estimations, the strawberry leads in production, followed by currents and raspberries.
According to Association of Fruit and Berry Growers and Nursery-Garden Managers of Russia (ASP-Rus) supervising the international program “Strawberry”, today Russia already counts about 500 ha of strawberry plantations using intensive technology with special frigo plants, specialized equipment and machinery, drip irrigation, high density planting and mulching film. The average yield of berries grown by intensive technology is by 2 times higher over traditional growing. Berry plantations with traditional growing technology continues to reduce.
Publication date: 6/28/2016
Author: Heather Wicks