This week, Russian farmers from the southern regions started harvesting peaches, according to analysts of the EastFruit project. This season the harvesting started at least 10 days later than last year that was caused by a cold and long spring. At the same time, the quality characteristics of peaches were almost not affected, with rare exceptions, and the total harvest will not be lower than last year, producers say.
Prices for the first batches of peaches from local farms vary in the range of 60-100 RUB/kg ($ 0.82-1.36/kg), which is on average 18% cheaper than last year. At the same time, producers of these stone fruits note that they cannot set higher prices due to large volumes of imported peaches from Turkey and Central Asia on the market available at the level of 100-120 RUB/kg ($ 1.36-1.63/kg).
Today, peaches from local farms are sold only in small batches. Farmers plan to enter the market more actively by the middle of this month.
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