According to a spokesperson from the Moldova Fruct Association of Producers and Exporters, this year the apricot harvest will be about 15-25% higher than last year and will be about 8,000-9,000 tons.
The area of fruit-bearing gardens, according to expert data, is slightly less than 3,500 hectares - about 3% of the total area of fruit plantations in the country. Despite such a modest share, apricot occupies the third position in the “top” of Moldovan fruit - after the apple and plum. Most of them, about 43%, are concentrated in the central zone of the country, which this year suffered from spring frosts and less hail than the northern and southern zones of Moldova.
More than 70% of all apricot orchards are cultivated in households and small farms. In relatively large (10 hectares and more) horticultural enterprises, there are just over 1,200 hectares of apricot plantations.
According to statistics, during the last five years, the lowest yield of apricot (7,200 tons) was obtained in 2014, the maximum (21,500 tons) was collected in 2016. Then the average yield in the country as a whole and in all categories of farms was 6.6 t per ha, in large farms and agricultural enterprises - almost 8 t per ha.