The number of watermelon growers in Hungary is falling every year and the size of the production area has decreased from 5,000 hectares to 4,500 hectares in the last 5-6 years, said Ferenc Ledó, President of the Hungarian Fruit and Vegetable Interprofessional Organization and Product Council (FruitVeb). He also talked about whether there will be enough watermelons on the market this year and what to expect in terms of prices.
Frosts caused serious damage in the early plantings and May was extremely cold, so the start of the season this year was delayed by 7-10 days. Still, there will be enough watermelons in the markets and the sector is confident that the season will last until the end of August or early September.
The President of FruitVeb said that large quantities of Hungarian melons will hit Hungarian stores and markets this week. It is likely that both imports and domestic goods will be present on the shelves these days, but after July 10-15, only Hungarian melons will be available at various points of sale.
Ferenc Ledó said that the prices and quality will be largely determined by the weather of the coming period, as the supply and demand are largely shaped by it. Given that there will be a smaller supply of other summer fruits due to the frosts, as long as the weather is favorable, melon growers can expect good market conditions.