Local media reports Witold Boguta, president of the board of Poland’s National Union of Fruit Producers’ Groups and vegetables, has told them the hail caused no losses to the crops. On top of that, the hot and long summer caused an earlier apple harvest than usual, although this hasn’t damaged the fruit as the orchards are irrigated adequately.
Bugota announced that Poland is anticipating a record-breaking apple harvest that is larger than the 4.2 million tonne crop of the year 2016. Bugota stated that prices of processing fruit will be extremely low this year, even though the price of fresh market apples is already at an very low price. Farmers are getting worried, however the consumers can take advantage of these low retail prices.
In wholesale the prices of the new season apples are reported to be between PLN2.70-3.60 per kilo (USD 0.73-0.98/kg) depending on the variety. Those who wantan even cheaper price can still go for fruit from last year’s harvest.