According to members of the Moldovan Association of Producers and Exporters Moldova Fruct, the regular export of sweet cherries will start at the end of the first week of June and a “working” range of wholesale prices will be formed. For his part, the chairman of the organization Vitaly Gorinchoy believes that the prices for export cherries at the start of the current marketing season are unlikely to be comparable or higher than those of the same period last year.
At the beginning of June, some exporting growers consider $ 1.5-2.0 / kg to be the most likely price level for the Moldovan cherries delivered to the Russian Federation. According to them, by mid-June, the supply of sweet cherries from the countries of Central Asia, Turkey and, possibly, the Balkans will increase in the Russian market, as a result of which the current, rather high, price level for these products will fall.
Moreover, according to the leaders of large companies, the impact of spring frosts will result in crop yields falling sharply. While these averaged 19-21 tons / hectare last year, this time they are unlikely to exceed 10 tons / hectare.
Product quality, at least at the beginning of summer, will also be relatively low. It finally rained in the country at the end of May, but this is not ideal for early fruits nearing and during the harvest season. In Moldova, only a few cherry orchards are equipped with anti-rain protection systems.