Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, demand for apples increased significantly throughout Europe. However, Hungarian apple producers are in a tight spot: Spring frosts have devastated apple orchards in the spring, causing substantive damages in the harvest. According to the latest figures, harvest yields have been halved because of weather extremities throughout the country. Due to these factors, the price of apples have doubled this year, reaching as high as €0.98-€1.27/kg.
Hungary produces apples over around 27 thousand hectares of farmland. A structural weakness lies in a general lack of modernization. Most apple orchards were planted before the end of socialism, lacking modernized infrastructure to mitigate weather risks.
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