This season, the harvest of fruits and berries in Ukraine may be reduced by a quarter compared with the previous one due to adverse weather conditions, said Dmitry Kroshka, chairman of the Ukrainian Association of Agrarian Export.
"The upcoming season will definitely be less fruitful compared to the previous one. We could see the production at industrial farms of top, stone fruit and berry crops falling by a quarter compared to what is usually grown in Ukraine." he said in a press conference.
According to Kroshka, Ukraine's harvest of apples for the processing industry could be reduced by about 30%.
“While we harvested 655 thousand tons of apples of different qualities and varieties in 2018, today we expect a total of 460 thousand tons, which will definitely have an impact on the entire market, and particularly on the production of derived products," said the head of the association.
In 2018, industrialists harvested 45 thousand tons of stone fruit crops, this year the harvest could amount to about 38 thousand tons.
"We expect a decline in the production of traditional berry crops in Ukraine due to weather and climatic conditions. The total volume will likely fall from 26 thousand tons to 23 thousand tons. At the same time, due to the entry into production of significant areas planted with blueberries, this crop's production will actually grow. "Last year, we harvested about 3 thousand tons of blueberries, while this year we will reach 4 thousand tons, which is significant for the Ukrainian market. We also predict that by the next marketing year, we will achieve some export growth,” said Kroshka.