Between August and mid-October, Moldova exported just over 17 000 tonnes of table grapes from the 2022 harvest. This is about the same as was exported in the same period last year. As expected, Romania is the first in the TOP countries-importers of Moldovan table grapes – almost 5 700 tonnes, Kazakhstan is quite unexpectedly the second – more than 4 000 tonnes, the third is Ukraine with about 2 000 tonnes, according to EastFruit specialists. The Belarusian and Russian markets, which in previous years were at the top of the list of importers of grapes from Moldova, received 1 700 tonnes and 724 tonnes, respectively.
Representatives of associations note with regret that in the current marketing year the country is exporting a much smaller volume of table grapes than last season (about 68 000 tonnes). Although the harvest of table grapes in 2022 in Moldova will be higher than in 2021 – more than 100 000 tonnes against 85 000 tonnes, the quality of grapes from the 2022 harvest, despite the drought, is also better than last year.
The main problem is that due to the Russian embargo, limited demand for Moldova table grapes in autumn and a significant increase in electricity tariffs, according to expert forecasts, only about 20 000-25 000 tonnes of grapes will be stored in the country’s fruit storage facilities for sale in November-January. Last year, about 40 000 tonnes were stored for export during this period.
Unfortunately, according to fruit market participants, due to uncertain commercial prospects and increased storage costs, a significant proportion of medium and even high-quality Moldova grapes from vineyards is sent directly to wineries. At the same time, the purchase prices for industrial table grapes fell to the minimum level – 2 MDL/kg ($0.10/kg).
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