Moldova’s Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment (MADRM) recorded over 14,000 tons of apples exported from the nation this January. The volume of apple exports was almost twice as high at about 27,000 tons in January 2019. In February 2021, experts from producer and trader associations claim exports of apples increased.
However, official data on this matter is due to appear in the coming days and it is already clear that the physical volume of exports in February 2021 will also be lower than the average for the same month in the previous two or three years (about 30,000-35,000 tons).
Like last year, almost all Moldovan apples were exported to the Russian market this winter. It is worth noting that from 2017 to 2018, Moldova’s apple exports to countries outside the Commonwealth of Independent States and the European Union have drastically reduced from several thousand tons to a maximum of 1,000 to 1,200 tons.
The representatives of agricultural organizations pointed out that by the spring of 2021, there will be at least 120,000-130,000 tons of apples in the refrigerators of merchants. This is almost twice the amount of a year ago, due to the sharp reduction in harvest (610,000 tons in 2019 and 430,000 tons in 2020) and the export volume last fall of only 23,000 tons, compared to more than 40,000 tons in the same period last year.
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