A good fruit harvest this year has had a negative impact on small farmers, - Nicolae Ciubuc.

A good fruit harvest this year has had a negative impact on small farmers, - Nicolae Ciubuc.

The Minister of Agriculture, Regional Development and the Environment of Moldova stated this at the national conference “Fruit Business in Moldova”, held for the fourth time. He noted that small producers did not have enough investment to finance post-harvest activities, including the operation of processing products. Also there were not enough warehouses. Plus, agriculture accounts for the least investment - only 1% of the total. In addition, they do not have enough skills to enter large markets. The head of the Moldovan Fruit Producers and Exporters Association, Iurie Fala, said that this year were extremely high yields, while our main markets, such as Russia and Belarus, were even oversaturated. Moldovan producers each year increase crop volumes by 2%, while consumption increases by 7%. Modern production allows for 6-7 times higher performance and high-quality products. According to Iurie Fala, domestic producers should learn not only to produce, but also to sell their products. In turn, Nicolae Ciubuc stressed that the authorities are doing everything to enable manufacturers to gain access to new sales markets. An example would be the Association Agreement and the DCFTA with the EU, as well as the Free Trade Agreement with Turkey and China. In the near future, the process of negotiating a free trade agreement with Egypt and other countries of the Middle East will begin. According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and the Environment, in Moldova there are 52 thousand hectares of apple trees; 22.5 thousand hectares of plums; 7.8 thousand hectares of peach; 9.1 thousand hectares of sweet cherry / cherry; 4,2 thousand hectares of apricot trees. This year, fruit producers received a record apple harvest - 600 thousand tons. Also collected 115 thousand tons of plums, 19.5 thousand tons of sweet cherries, 16 thousand tons of apricots and 8 thousand tons of peaches.// 06.12.2018 – InfoMarket.

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