According to the customs service of the Republic of Moldova, over the first 11 months of 2019, Moldovan plum exports have amounted to a little over 60 thousand tons. This figure is unlikely to change much, since, according to the country's fruit market operators, by early December, only a few hundred tons of this product are left in the cooling chambers of producers and traders. Last year, 47.5 thousand tons of Moldovan plums were exported.
This year, over 40.6 thousand tons of plums have been exported from Moldova to the CIS countries, and another 18.7 thousand tons have been shipped to the EU countries (in 2018, these figures stood at 35.2 thousand tons and 12.3 thousand tons, respectively).
The two largest buyers of Moldovan plums over the past few years are the Russian Federation and Romania. Last year, 33.6 thousand tons of this product were shipped to the Russian market (about 48% of Russia's total plum imports, which amounted to about 77 thousand tons), and Romania received 8.7 thousand tons (79% of all Romanian imports, which amount to about 11.9 thousand tons). This year, Moldovan exporters have shipped 36.6 thousand tons and 12.1 thousand tons of plums, respectively, to these markets.
According to preliminary data from the Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and the Environment MADRM, the country's plum production this year amounts to about 109 thousand tons, compared to 133 thousand tons last year.
The acreage devoted to plum plantations in Moldova amounts to just over 22 thousand hectares