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Increase in Polish cherry export

The Polish stone fruit harvest is expected to be 6% higherthan last year’s. The cherry export from Poland will increase by 18%, withRussia and Germany as the main destinations.


The Polish stone fruit production this year is higherthan in 2012. The production of cherries (both wild and sweet) is expected to reach230,000 tons, which is more than 6% higher than last season’s. The other stone fruit products, including peaches, apricots and plums, will increase with approximately7%, or 123.1 tons. Unlike last year, the 2013 harvest was not bothered by frost.Weather conditions have been good. The late spring weather has delayed theseason, but this had no effect on yield. Cherry acreage has increased thisyear. The good price of fruit in 2012 contribute to this. In 2013, the acreagereached 46,000 hectares, of which 34,000 for sour 12,000 for sweet cherries.

Polish stone fruit production (in tons)

 

 


 

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013 (f)


Sour cherries

189,200

147,200

175,000

175,400

182,000


Sweet cherries

50,500

40,100

38,000

41,100

48,000


Total

239,700

187,300

213,000

216,500

230,000


 

 

 

 

 

 


Plums

120,700

83,800

91,800

102,500

110,000


Peaches

12,500

9,300

8,700

9,100

9,100


Apricots

5,200

3,400

4,000

3,400

4,000


Total

378,100

283,800

317,500

331,500

353,100


(Source: Polish bureau of statistics)

 

 

 

 


Export

In the EU, Poland is the market leader when it comes to the production of cherries. Half of the total European production comes from this country, cherries being the most important. 50% of the cherries go to Russia, followed by Germany with 29%. Exports this year is about 18% larger than in 2012. The sweet cherries go largely to Russia, while the majority of sour cherries goes to Germany for further processing.


Source: USDA, Gain Report


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