2017 apple harvest not looking good: opinion
PR dla Zagranicy
This year’s apple harvest will be poor and prices at the supermarket higher after poor weather earlier in the year hit orchards across the country, the head of the Polish Growers’ Association has said.
Last year, Polish orchards produced four million tons of apples, which retailed at around PLN 2 (EUR 0.47) per kilogram in November.
According to official forecasts, Polish orchards will this year produce 2.8 million tonnes of apples, while growers put the number at 2.5 million.
Most of those apples will be late-blooming varieties from young and well-kept orchards after this year saw an unusually long winter and episodes of below-freezing temperatures during spring, as well as hail storms.
Robert Remiszewski, CEO of the Polish Growers’ Association said that production supply should still meet demand, but retail prices may be 30 percent higher than last year (vb)