In 2020, fruit production fell by 29% from the previous year and is thus the lowest in several years. With a total of 13,900 tonnes of fruit harvested in 2020, there has not been a lower fruit crop in Norway since 2015. The reason was poor conditions for apples and plums, which make up the largest volume.
Figures from the statistics Hagebruksavlingar [horticultural crops] show that the production of apples was 12,100 tonnes in 2020. This is a decrease of just over 23% from 2019 when there were good apple crops with a total of 15,800 tonnes in the autumn. Plums have had an even worse season in 2020, and production was around 700 tonnes. That is about a third of the amount in recent years. Pears, morello cherries and cherries have had more normal crops, but these do not account for more than a total of 8% of fruit production in 2020.
The harvest was just under 10,000 tonnes of berries in 2020, which is 20% less than in 2019. Strawberries, which account for about 70% of berry production, have a decline of 24%. More than 7,000 tonnes of strawberries were harvested in 2020. Raspberries and blueberries also had lower yields in 2020, while blackcurrants and other berry varieties have about the same level as in previous years.
Record production in greenhouses and good vegetable crops in the open air
2020 yielded a record crop of cucumbers in greenhouses. It was both production on a larger area and good yields per square meter that contributed to a total yield of 19,600 tonnes. This is an increase of 15% from the previous year. Tomatoes also gave good yields and the amount produced was 14,200 tonnes, which is the highest in the last ten years, and 12% more than in 2019.
The volume product carrot, autumn and winter cabbage and turnip in particular has had an increase since 2019. Production of carrot was 53,000 tonnes in 2020 and that is 9% more than the year before. Production of autumn and winter cabbage increased by as much as 27% and was 15,200 tonnes, while turnips increased by 19% to 12,500 tonnes. The total yield of vegetables in the open air and in greenhouses was 205,000 tonnes in 2020, which is 7% up from 2019.
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