This year, Moldova has sharply increased fruit exports, in particular, apple exports amounted to 70.6 thousand tons (3 times more than in the same period of 2017)
This was discussed during a meeting at the National Food Safety Agency (ANSA), which was attended by domestic producers and exporters of fruit, representatives of USAID, Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Investment Agency. According to the data presented during the meeting, the export of fresh plums increased significantly this year, which amounted to 31 thousand tons, which is 1 thousand tons more than in 2017. The same amount of plums, which should be merchandised very soon, is stored in the producers’ warehouses. This year, for the first time, Moldova managed to export about 2129 tons of cherries, 5736 tons of peaches and 1906 tons of apricots. All these fruits were exported fresh. According to forecasts, this year, Moldova will export more fresh grapes than last year. Moldova's success in terms of diversification of the fruit market was noted. So, along with the Russian market, where exports of Moldovan apples grew 3 times, shipments rose significantly to Romania, reaching 406 tons versus 59 tons a year earlier, to Kazakhstan - 180 tons versus 20 tons in 2017. For the first time, apples were exported to Iraq - 60 tons and Bangladesh - 20 tons. As noted at the meeting, although fruit exports have increased and continue to grow significantly, our farmers face a serious crisis, as the export potential is much higher than what is currently exported. Against this background, ANSA considers the identification of new markets as the main priority. Thus, negotiations with Canada on the sale of fresh plums were completed successfully. Moldovan producers have the opportunity to export fruit to Canada from October 1. In addition, negotiations with India have been completed: the first 10 tons of apples will be sent to the country with huge consumption potential in the near future. ANSA's efforts to diversify export markets create favorable conditions for the export of Moldovan fruit to other non-traditional markets: Israel, the Arab countries of the Middle East (Qatar, Saudi Arabia) and other countries that will be identified. Negotiations with these countries’ authorities have started in order to expand the markets for Moldovan fruits. At the ANSA meeting, the topic of diversification of fruit production was also discussed. It is planned that Moldovan producers will plant more and expand the gardens of new modern varieties: sweet cherries, cherries, apricots, walnuts, and other valuable fruits that are not grown in other countries, but are also in demand in the European Union. Due to the diversification of fruit cultivation, real prerequisites will be created to facilitate exports and increase the incomes of those who grow fruit crops. ANSA CEO Gheorghe Gaberi spoke about the priorities of the agency related to the promotion of fruit exports, noting the need to expand the markets for fruits, grapes and vegetables. He also raised the problem regarding the quality and range of fruits and grapes, on which access to foreign markets largely depends. The meeting discussed the support provided to fruit exporters by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Moldova-Fruct Association, as well as services and investments provided to crop exporters by the Investment Agency. //17.10.2018 - InfoMarket.