Hungarian producers expect average plum yields this year. Due to the weather, growers have had to cope with crop failure in many places, and there have also been some quality issues with the fruit due to the impact of hail. Although lower volumes could lead to higher prices, the season has so far not been too good. Buyers have also been offering low prices both for the fruit's marketing and processing.
Domestic plum plantations have not been spared by the very extreme weather. Although the flowering had a generally good development, the dry weather in spring, followed by the night frosts, took a toll on the orchards, and due to the rainy and not very sunny May, there was more fruit loss than usual, as reported by Ferenc Apáti, vice president of Fruitveb, the Hungarian Fruit and Vegetable Interprofessional Association. Furthermore, the storm and hail damage in June was recorded in almost every major growing area, primarily affecting the quality of the fruit. As a result, this year's production volume is estimated at 60-65 thousand tons, which is 5-10 percent less than last year.
According to Fruitveb, plum production in the country has increased significantly in the ten years after the country's accession to the EU, mainly due to low capital requirements and mechanized harvesting, and by 2015, the area had grown to nearly eight thousand hectares. However, over the past three years, the sector has begun to decline, with plums currently being grown on 6,600 hectares. The annual yield oscillates between 50 and 80 thousand tons, depending on the year. Half of the domestic produce is typically delivered directly to consumers, and producers sell it on both domestic and foreign markets.