This year, as of May 7, there is a low activity in the exports of cherries from Uzbekistan. Moreover, the small batches of cherries that are being picked are sold at a much higher price than last year. This means that the Uzbek cherries will be available in the markets and supermarkets in Russia in large quantities only by mid-May 2021 – on average, two weeks later than usual.
At the Kuilyuk wholesale market in Tashkent, early cherries were available only at the end of April 2021. Prices for large cherries by local standards (26+ mm) reached $ 25 per kg. Of course, there was no demand for exports at such high prices and it was difficult to collect quantities suitable for exports.
As of May 6, volumes of smaller cherries (up to 26 mm) were available in wholesale markets at prices ranging from $ 1.8 to $ 3.7 per kg, with an average price of $ 2.85 which is 31% higher than on the same date in 2020. At the same time, Iranian cherry exporters are actively promoting their products at a price of about $ 2.85 / kg.
East-fruit.com reports that at the moment, prices for Uzbek cherries are high, but are in line with the expectations of EastFruit analysts. Frosts, as we have reported, have seriously damaged the harvest of ultra-early and early cherry varieties. In general, the cherry harvest in Uzbekistan, according to our estimates, will be at least 25% lower than last year.