The Polish fruit sector has suffered greatly from the drought last summer. NFO reported in their newsletter that the expectations for the sector, which were discussed during Prognosfruit (annual fruit event
), have not been met. The Polish statistical office, CSO, estimates that the apple production is six percent lower than last year, and eight percent lower than the estimates announced in July.
CSO estimates production to be around 3 million tons instead of 3.25 million tons. The estimate given during the Prognosfruit event was 3.75 million tons. Despite this decrease, they are still producing 35% more than the average for 2006 to 2010.
The pear and plum crops have also suffered from the drought. CSO estimates pear production to be around 70,000 tons, which is 5% lower than last year. Plum production is estimated at 92,000 tons, which is 13% lower than last year.