WAPA'S prediction is particularly evident in Belgium. Despite the fact that the Belgian apple production estimates have increased from 212,000 tonnes to 221,000, the figure is still 28% lower than in 2011. In the case of pears, prospects have changed from 255,000 to 235,000 for the 2012 business year, reflecting a 21% drop compared to 2011.
Italy is another country reflecting changes, with pear production prospects going from 717,000 tonnes to 608,000, which is 34% less than in 2011. In the case of apples, Italy expects a 16% drop, reaching 1,928,000 tonnes.
For its part, Poland reflects an increase in apples from 2,800,000 tonnes to 2,900,000, which is a 16% increase compared to 2011. In pears, 45,000 tonnes are expected, which is 18% less than last year.
Romania is another EU country with changed prospects, increasing its apple production from 403,000 tonnes to 413,000. In pears, 27,000 tonnes are expected, which is 7% less than in 2011.
Other estimations: Pears
According to WAPA, the prospective harvest for pears in the Czech Republic is of 6,000 tonnes, which is 109% more than in 2011. Denmark will reach 5,000 tonnes, the same as last year. France will reach 123,000 tonnes; 30% less than last year. Meanwhile, Germany will produce 38,000 tonnes (-19%); Greece 44,000 (+21%) and Hungary 26,000 (+23%).
According to WAPA, the prospective harvest for apples in Austria is of 153,000 tonnes, 23% less than in 2011. The Czech Republic will produce 101,000 tonnes (+28%); Denmark 18,000 (-10%); France 1,169,000 (-31%); Germany 933,000 (-2%), and Greece will produce 297,000 tonnes; 3% less than last year.
Portugal will reach 225,000 tonnes, which is 15% drop compared to 2011. The Czech Republic will produce 36,000 tonnes of pears, reflecting a 9% increase compared to last year.
Meanwhile, Slovenia will have 45,000 tonnes, which is a 38% drop; Spain will reach 373,000 tonnes; a 26% decrease compared to 2011. Sweden will reach 14,000 tonnes of pears (-18%) and the United Kingdom's production will amount to 163,000 tonnes, which is 28% less.
In terms of varieties, the pears dropping the most are the Abate F (-55%), Rocha (-48%), Doyenne du Comice (-44%) and Conference (-25%). In the case of pears no variety has registered an increase compared to 2011.
Regarding apples, the varieties dropping the most are Braeburn (-22%), Cripps Pink (-21%), Red Delicious (-21%), Fuji (-25%) and Granny Smith (-27%), while the Jonagored and Idared will grow by 75 and 41% respectively.