Prices for walnut kernels in Moldova are discouragingly low so far.
Some trading companies have started buying walnut kernels “from the market” this week, i.e. not from partner farmers, with whom sale and purchase contracts are concluded following direct negotiations with prices not being disclosed. The wholesale price announced by traders for “external suppliers” is 50-60 MDL/kg ($2.62-3.15/kg), depending on the quality of kernels and the volume of the lot, reports East-Fruit.
Prices for walnut kernels are very low because exporters hope that European wholesale buyers will offer them a price of at least 5.5-6 EUR/kg for varietal walnut kernels. However, purchased volumes are small and may well be covered by contracts between exporters and a few traditional partners – walnut farmers. There is no great need for the purchase of nut kernels “from the market”.