While plums are increasingly in demand in the EU, Croatia's results in growing this fruit are fluctuating. This is because plum growing is often affected by weather conditions as it was this year, hence imported plums are dominating the market, an analysis by the Smarter consulting company said on Wednesday.
Problems in the production of plums over the past few years have led to many large producers backing out of this business. Croatia's plum production has recorded significant production swings in recent years. Apparently, in 2018, a record high 14,487 tonnes were produced whereas in 2014 just over 8,000 tonnes were produced. Due to this year’s poor weather conditions, the plum crop is expected to be quite bad.
According to total-croatia-news.com, Serbia produces about 500,000 tonnes of plums annually and Bosnia and Herzegovina's plum crop is between 150,000- 200,000 tonnes. Romania too produces about 500,000 tonnes of plums annually and in 2018 its plum crop was a record high, 830,000 tonnes.