The fruit and berry harvest in Ukraine this season could fall by 25% compared with last year due to unfavorable weather conditions.
Chairman of the Ukrainian Association of Agrarian Export, Dmytro Kroshka, said: "The upcoming season will definitely become less fruitful compared to the previous one. We can see a 25% decline in production at industrial farms of pome, stone fruit and berry crops that are traditionally grown in Ukraine. Manufacturers complain of the rainy spring, dry summer, hail due to rapid temperature changes. There are still two months ahead, which, due to weather conditions, will be, like a lottery, for producers of pome crops.”
According to Kroshka, the harvest of apples in Ukraine in the current season from industrial producers can fall by 30%: "If in 2018 we collected 655,000 tons of apples of different quality and different varieties, today we expect a total harvest of 460,000 tons, which will definitely have an impact on the entire market and the production of derivative products," the head of the association said.
In 2018, industrialists harvested 45,000 tons of stone fruit crops, this year the harvest could be about 38,000 tons.
"We expect a decline in the production of traditional berry crops in Ukraine due to weather and climatic conditions from 26,000 tons to 23,000 tons. At the same time, due to the start of fruiting of significant areas with blueberry, the production of this crop will be increased. Last year, we collected about 3,000 tons of this crop, this year we will reach 4,000 tons, which is significant for the Ukrainian market, and we predict that by the results of the next marketing year we will see export growth," Kroshka said.
He added that in the 2018/2019 season, Ukraine's exports of apples increased 1.6 times, to 55,600 tons thanks to the demand for Ukrainian apples, at the same time, export of pears decreased 41%, to 434 tons.
Ukraine increased the export of walnut for this period by 45%, to 48,500 tons and this figure will continue to grow thanks to the entry into the fruiting of the nut trees, the area under which is expanding from year to year.