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PLUM HARVEST TO REACH AT LEAST 60,000 TONNES

 

Hungary’s plum harvest is set to reach 60,000-65,000 tonnes this year, making it slightly better than average, fruit and vegetable growers association FruitVeB vice-president Ferenc Apáti said. Plums are cultivated on 6,600 hectares but bad weather during spring reduced the potential harvest while storm damages in June lowered the quality. Annual harvest has been between 50,000 and 80,000 tonnes in recent years, with production averaging at around 8-13 tonnes per hectare, which would need to be doubled for it to be economically viable, Apáti said. Around 80% of plums are sold on the domestic market and 20% of the harvest is exported.