Moldovan potato growers have nowhere to sell their crops. Due to the pandemic, demand from restaurants and cafes has dropped, while private consumers are buying less. Growers claim that store shelves and market counters are filled with imported goods that are offered at lower prices than Moldovan ones.
Growers like Radu Grosu now do not know to whom and how to sell the crop. “Lack of consumer demand. An important sales factor is the HoReCa sphere, and, accordingly, there are no such sales as in previous years. We have every chance of not selling potatoes until next year,” he told en.potatosystem.ru.
Another factor hindering the sale of Moldovan potatoes was that the local market was filled with imports. The imported goods are sold at lower prices than the local ones, says Radu Grosu.
“The price of imported potatoes is about 20% lower than that of local products. They receive additional subsidies that allow them to sell potatoes at a lower price that we cannot afford to match.”