Croatia’s Neretva Valley, famous for its abundance of fruit which can be seen sold all over the country on stands and in various stories in the colder months, is expecting a great harvest season this year.
According to an article on total-croatia-news.com¸ mandarin oranges are the only Croatian export fruit, whose harvest officially begins during the last days of September as autumn overtakes summer.
While the Neretva Valley's fruit growers are anxiously awaiting the harvest season, which will take place under unprecedented epidemiological conditions, it seems that the coronavirus could actually go hand in hand with them as opposed to against them, as has been the case with just about every other field imaginable.
A high demand is expected for the Neretva Valley's fruit, as it is packed full of vitamin C, which is traditionally used to strengthen immunity and remain healthy, writes Slobodna Dalmacija. As such, the Neretva Valley's many fruit growers hope to be able to sell their mandarin oranges just as well, if not better, than in previous years.
Initial estimates show that the Neretva Valley growers will have a production of about 32,000 tonnes of mandarin oranges this season, which is a mediocre crop, but good quality is expected regardless.