Representatives of the Speranța Con Association of Canned Fruit and Vegetable Producers, referring to a survey of the orchards of its members and of several fruit-growing enterprises in the southern and central regions of Moldova, concluded that the plum harvest this year may at least be equal to last year (about 65 thousand tons). Given favorable weather and logistics that means no losses during the harvesting, the gross production of plums may exceed 70 thousand tons.
Earlier EastFruit reported that experts of agricultural producers’ associations in July-August forecasted a low harvest of 2021 plums – about 20-30% lower than last year. Meanwhile, the 2020 plum harvest was the lowest in several years. Since the middle of the last decade, the plum harvest in the country has rarely fallen below 100 thousand tons. The pessimistic forecast on the eve of the current season was explained by the effect of biological periodicity – a sharp decline in harvest in the orchards that had a good harvest in the last, extremely dry year.
In addition, when harvesting started, some farmers underestimated the expected yield, given that many fruits cracked from excess moisture. However, the representatives of Speranța Con believe that some farmers exaggerate the influence of the “cracking effect”.
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