Experts from several Moldovan associations of agricultural and food producers believe that, according to current information from large horticultural enterprises, there are good reasons to correct the initial forecast for the country's apple harvest from 507 to 520 thousand tons.
Earlier, it had been reported that Moldovan apple growers are expected to have the highest yield in the past decade. In 2017, according to estimates from the sector's association, the country's apple harvest was the second largest in the last 10 years and amounted to more than 490 thousand tons.
Agronomists of horticultural farms report that the dry weather recorded in the second half of summer did not significantly affect the quality of the apples and didn't cause a reduction in the size of the fruits, like the one suffered by the plum sector. And the rainfall which took place at the beginning and end of September did not cause significant damage or lead to the spread of diseases. For the next week, the weather forecast in Moldova is favorable.
However, the majority of apple producers are currently facing problems to sell their fruit due to the oversupply in the main sales markets in Russia and the European Union. In this context, experts argue that there are additional arguments in favor of the need to allocate compensations to those producers of high-quality apples who are forced to sell their fruit for industrial processing. The government of Moldova already enforced such measures to support the industry in 2014, when the Russian authorities imposed an embargo on Moldovan apple exports to the Russian market.