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Polish fruit production falling by 20 to 25%

In Poland, this year's fruit harvest from trees in orchards is estimated at nearly 3.4 million tons, or nearly 25 percent less than the record production achieved in 2018, as reported by the Central Statistical Office (GUS) on Friday last week.

According to the Central Statistical Office, the reason for the lower fruit harvest from trees is primarily the impact of spring frosts (recorded in many plantations during the flowering and setting of the fruits), prolonged dry weather and the trees producing less due to last season's record volume.

"Loss in yields has been somewhat offset by the entry into full fruiting of many young, more fertile plantations," they added.

According to the Central Statistical Office of Poland, the harvest from apple orchards was initially estimated at approximately 3 million tons (i.e. about 25% less than the record apple production in 2018). In turn, the harvest of fruit from fruit shrubs in orchards and berry plantations was initially estimated at fewer than 0.5 million tons, i.e. nearly 20 percent less than in the previous year.

Also, this year's ground vegetable production is currently estimated at nearly 3.8 million tons, i.e. over 8% less compared to last year's weak harvest, while the potato production is estimated at about 6.7 million tons, which is 11 percent less than last year.



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