Greek watermelon exports are estimated to have increased, reaching 25,500 tons and registering an increase of 17% compared to the same period last year. At the same time, exports of cherries (from 1/5 to 27/5/2021) appear to be down by 28%, reaching 860 tons, while apricots are also down by 42% (525 tons) compared to the same period in 2020.
However, according to the latest export announcements of the Ministry of Rural Development & Food, processed by the Greek Association of Export and Distribution of Fruits, Vegetables and Juices, Incofruit Hellas, fruit and vegetable exports are up by 8.9% compared to the same period in 2020.
“In the week under review, demand was low due to the prevailing weather conditions in EU consumer markets, as well as a result of a competitive disadvantage of EU products compared to low-cost third country produce”, suggests Mr George Polychronakis, Special Adviser to Incofruit Hellas,
As for the country’s peach and nectarine production, “our assessment is that it is reduced due to damage from weather conditions at the flowering stage, with the volume of cultivated peaches for fresh consumption in semi-mountainous areas slightly reduced but of good quality”, says Mr Polychronakis.