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December 29 2017, 14:58 Fruit-Inform

Poland: fruit production down by a third

According to the Central Statistical Office of Poland (GUS), this year fruit production in Poland fell by a third, reports Fruit-Inform referring to FreshMarket.

GUS reports of total fruit production amounting to 2.7 mln tons with apples and pears accounting for 2.5 mln and 60,000 tons respectively, showing a joint decrease of 30%.

Stonefruit production went down by 50% against the previous year, especially in the segments of sour cherries and plums. As a result, Polish sour and sweet cherry production amounted to 70,000 and 20,000 tons, respectively, a fall of 60% against last year. Polish plum production totaled 60,000 tons, showing 45% decrease.

Such a rapid decrease in production was caused mainly by huge temperature swings in spring as well as spring frosts during blossoming of fruit trees.