Fruit production increased by 40% in the last decade, from 1.3 million tons in 2009 to 1.8 million tons in 2018, according to the data from the National Statistics Institute (INS). The production increased with the emergence of European funding programs, which stimulated growers to start new orchards, which are being more productive. INS data takes into account all fruit production in Romania, from fruit plants to berries, from orchards, and also from family gardens.
Aurel Tanase, the president of the Interprofessional Organization for Food Products (OIPA) Vegetables-Fruits talked about the growth and gave as an example that if five years ago the average production of a fruit tree was of 12 kilograms of fruits, in 2018 the production was 23 kilograms of fruits per tree.
For the recovery of the fruit trees growing sector, the Ministry of Agriculture began a fruit trees growing subprogram via the National Program of Rural Development (PNDR) that sought to stimulate the set-up of plantations of fruit trees and fruit bushes and the replacement of old and on decline fruit trees plantations with viable fruit trees to provide quality productions.
In Romania, the consumption of fruits per inhabitant is about 80 kilograms of fruit/year, according to the data from the Ministry of Agriculture. According to Eurostat, only 42% of the Romanians eat fruit regularly. By comparison, 85% of the Italians eat fruit on a daily basis, followed by Portuguese, where 81% of the population prefers such products, including them in their daily diet.