The Ukrainian greenhouse strawberry season started two weeks later than in 2020, in line with earlier forecasts. Today, producers of the southern regions of Ukraine are offering the first batches of strawberries at $ 7.89/kg (on average). In 2020, the prices for the first berries were the same.
“Remarkable is the fact that the first strawberries from local greenhouses appeared on the market in the first ten days of April last year. And the main reason for the previously predicted lag in the current harvesting season is the atypically cold first half of spring this year,” independent FAO consultant Olexandr Khorev told east-fruit.com.
There is a clear dynamics of price decline in the first three weeks last year. By 23 April 2020, wholesale strawberries were sold at an average of $ 2.59/kg. However, later the market situation changed dramatically. Cool May with frequent frosts in 2020 resulted into more than 50% of early and medium varieties of open field strawberries dying.