Hungarian farmers who were unable to sell their fruits left more than 10,000 tons of unsold melons in the fields by the end of August and the beginning of September. After that, the decided to resort to discing the produce into the ground. Multiple factors contributed to this outcome, including outdated farming technologies, the cold snap that the country experienced in late August and changing trends on the global market.
The domestic melon alliance stated: ”There is some sort of disruption in trade. There are unharvested fields still full of melons, yet many traders won’t take the produce even for free. Others will pay €0.085 at best. That’s way below the production cost. Then sellers next to fields will offer melons for €0.4-0.6 per kilogram. Imported melons have started pouring in, as if the harvest season was over in the country. Something is very wrong here?”
Agroberichtenbuitenland.nl reports that domestic farmers whose produce had not ripened by the beginning of August ended up losing the most.