Moldovan agricultural producers complain that they often find more foreign than local fruit and vegetables on local store shelves. In their opinion, delivering goods to Moldovan stores in the country is very difficult, reports the website agrobiznes.md.
According to agrobiznes.md, a fruit producer from a village in Moldova, who implements the latest and most advanced technologies for the production of plums and grapes, is having problems to sell their fruit to domestic stores. 90% of all their production is mainly exported to the European Union, and only 10% is sold locally.
“I don't deliver my fruit directly to the store because I'm unable to. I don't have time to drive and deliver small amounts to all chains. In addition, fruit purchasing managers are very demanding. That is why many growers give up cooperation, and if they still succeed, they sell the fruit through intermediaries," says Ion Ionaș, fruit producer from Costești, Ialoveni.
Moldova has enacted laws that defend local producers and force local chains to shelve 50% of local goods, but this rule is very often deliberately ignored.