Colombia is another country to which Poland will be able to export its apples, as reported by the Ministry of Agriculture on Wednesday. The Colombian Institute of Agriculture has published the import phytosanitary requirements for Polish apples on its website.
"After difficult negotiations conducted by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in cooperation with the Main Inspectorate for Plant Protection and Seed Production, complemented by study visits of Colombian experts, the Colombian Institute of Agriculture (ICA) has published the import phytosanitary requirements for Polish apples," says a statement from the Polish Ministry of Agriculture.
The agreement reached will allow sales to be carried out by registered entities meeting the import requirements of Colombia.
Poland is the largest apple producer in Europe. This year, the CSO initially estimated the harvest at about 3 million tons, i.e. about 25 percent less than the record apple production of 2018. In the 2018/2019 season, the export of these fruits was estimated at 1 million 450 thousand tons. Poland is also one of the largest producers and exporters of apple concentrate.
However, apple consumption in Poland is falling. On average, in 2014, consumers ate 14 kg of fruit annually, and in 2017, this figure had already dropped to 12 kg.