Moldova’s Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry (MAIA), together with the Ministry of Economy, is preparing a request to the European Commission to increase the preferential quota-2022 for the export of Moldovan plums to the European market up to 20 000 tons. Last year, the quota was 15,000 tons. In 2020 it was 10,000 tons.
Earlier, several organizations of agricultural producers addressed the Moldovan government with a proposal to initiate a dialogue with the EU on further increase in export quotas (primarily for plums, and other fruit crops).
The proposal was motivated by the fact that the volume of plum supplies to the European Union has increased significantly over the past five years. The only exception was 2018, when a little more than 12,000 tons were supplied to the EU from Moldova (in 2017 – almost 20,000 tons). However, in 2019 the European export of Moldovan plums returned to the level of 20,000 tons, and in 2020 it amounted to more than 22,000 tons.