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Hungarians are eating more and more pears, but domestic production is dropping

Ferenc Apáti is the president of FruitVeb. The company is the main Hungarian fruit and vegetable interbranch organization. He explained that in the past decade, the volume of pear production in Hungary has dropped by 30%. In 2010, around 3.000 hectares of land was used in pear farming, but currently, this figure stands to around 2.200 ha.

Due to multiple factors domestic growers are less and less able to supply the market, despite the fact that consumer demand for pears has been increasing for years. Firstly, Hungary’s pear orchards are aging rapidly. Secondly, pear trees are sensitive to production technologies, land and wind and have a high demand for water and humidity. To make things worse, there is a systematic shortage of proper storage, so in any given year, it is hard to find domestic pears on the market by December.

Because of the rising demand but falling domestic supply, Hungary has been importing more and more pears. This year however, spring frosts caused massive damages in orchards in other European countries as well.


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