According to the estimates of Moldovan potato growers voiced in the media, the share of domestic products in October at best accounts for a third of the trade flow. Consequently, a request has been made to the authorities to introduce administrative restrictions on the import of potatoes for two to three months; that is, during the seasonal peak in the second half of autumn and early winter.
According to the chairman of the Association of Potato Growers of Moldova, Petr Iliev, the dissatisfaction of producers with the country's import policy is quite justified. Two years ago, in a season with a considerable shortage of local potatoes on the Moldovan market, the relevant ministries and departments liberalized the regime for the import of potatoes into the country, particularly when it came to phytosanitary standards. Since then, the quality level of these products has generally declined. This year, due to the dry weather, the quality of domestic potatoes is also not up to par. At the same time, the majority of importers are not supplying premium quality products to Moldova, but are importing low quality goods at 20-30% cheaper prices. To some extent, this suits the majority of consumers, whose purchasing power has been reduced because of the pandemic and the economic crisis.