According to the director of the Hungarian Fruit and Vegetable Interprofessional Organization and Product Council (FruitVeB), István Hunyadi, a poor fruit yield is expected this year, making this the third such year in a row.
According to Hunyadi, only a quarter of the yield of an average year is expected from apricots. There will also be fewer peaches, apples and cherries. Poor yields are due to spring frost, drought, early summer rains and mild winters.
The National Chamber of Agriculture (NAK) has previously estimated that 500,000 tons of fruit would be expected this year, compared to the otherwise average of 800,000-900,000 tonnes per year. Traders have therefore forecast a 30%-40% rise in prices.