According to the National Food Safety Agency ANSA, by the beginning of June less than 500 tons of last year’s commodity apple remained in the refrigerated warehouses of agricultural enterprises and exporters-traders. The varietal composition of this product is heterogeneous - the bulk of apples are Golden, Idared and Simirenko, the quality is variable; from good to substandard.
At the same time, representatives of both state agencies and non-governmental organizations of gardeners doubt that even an apple of good quality will be exported.
At least some operators of the Moldovan fruit market, which have more or less significant (tens of tons) apple lots of acceptable quality, are currently trying to find sales channels for them in the domestic market. The incentive for them is that in late May - early June, a high-quality apple in many Moldovan supermarket chains went up to $ 0.9-1.0 per kg. Obviously, several factors contributed to this.
First, the prices for strawberries and, especially, sweet cherries have not yet dropped to the minimum - summer level. And even the last year’s more expensive apple is cheaper than the alternative fruits of the new crop. Secondly, in some Moldovan supermarket chains an imported (mainly Polish) apple of a large caliber and a presentable appearance appeared.
This aroused interest in this product from some, if not too large, number of consumers. With this in mind, the attempt of individual manufacturers-traders to return to the domestic market at the very "curtain of the season" is understandable.