Despite low prices for apples in Ukraine and Moldova and a failure to sell outdated apple varieties such as Idared in Poland, there might be somewhat more positive news for Eastern European apple farmers.
Firstly, there is a sharp rise in apple prices in Iran despite rumors about a decrease in the apple harvest there. Indeed, Iran continues to increase its apple exports.
Also, there is a high rate of apple sales in the first months of the season. This gives hope that the largest producing countries will enter the second half of the season with lower apple stocks than in the 2020/21 season.
Then there are the reports of a lower-than-expected apple harvest in the US. This could ease the pressure on apple prices in lucrative markets for apple exporters, such as the Middle East and Southeast Asia.
Also there is the fact that apple prices in Uzbekistan and other Central Asian countries this season are higher than a year earlier. This means that apples from Moldova and Ukraine can be supplied to these countries, which have imported very few apples in recent years.