Increase of cherry production is expected this year in countries out of the EU such as Turkey and Canada. A large proportion of goods produced in those two countries are exported to the EU and this fact is expected to influence the prices for cherry. Moreover, given the Russian embargo the expected quantities that will be imported to the European market will be increased. Producers of EU countries (including Greece), express their concerns unless the Russian ban is lifted. According to exporters within the EU, the European market is also under the pressure of Spain which exports large cherry quantities.
According to Agrotypos’ reportage this year’s Turkish cherry production is expected to overcome the 500,000 tonnes (445,000 tonnes in 2014).
In the meantime Canada expects the highest production in recent years. This is due to the weather conditions during flowering and due to the new trees entering in the production process.
Mr. George Kallitsis, the Export Manager of “Protofanousis Fruit SA” company in Thessaloniki (north Greece), which exports agricultural products to the EU, reported to AgroTypos: “The Canadian cherries are imported into the European market during August, when european cherries have almost finished. Turkey, however, this year indeed has increased cherry production (about 550,000 tonnes). Moreover, Spain is one of the European countries with significant cherry production being exported to other european countries, although this year it expects a slight production decrease. On the other hand, Italy produces sufficient cherry quantities for domestic consumption. So in this period the Spanish and Turkish cherry production influence the European market”.
He added: “Something may help the European market is whether Turkey eventually exports large quantities to Russia as the only nearby country having the ability to export there, due to embargo.”
The Greek production
Representatives of cooperatives of all over Greece, mentioned to AgroTypos that this year’s cherry production would be increased. Only Pella region, in north Greece, is excepted due to the production damage by hail. Harvesting in most areas has just started these days or is about to start the following days. The producer prices range from 1.80 to 2.50 euros per kilo. In particular, Mr. Xenophon Tsebis, the President of the “Almopia” Farming Cooparation in Pella said: “In our region the production losses due to hail resulted to producer price reduction. The price of 2.50 euros per kilo fell to 1.30 euros per kilo depending on the caused damage”.
Greek cherry traditionally was supplied to the Russian market, Mr. Tsebis answered in the question about this year’s exports: “Given that in previous years the 50% of our cherry production was exported to Russian market, this year’s situation is difficult. We have made an efforts to export to new markets. We also export to western and eastern Europe, but fewer quantities”.
Mr. Dyonisis Markou, the President of Farming Cooperative of Cherry “Borras” said to Agrotypos: “The harvest starts these days and everything suggests that production will be good. Although we export to other countries such as Germany and the Netherlands, Russia used to absorb most of our products”.
Mr. Konstantinos Tampakiaris, the President of the Farming Cooperative of Naoussa, also mentioned to Agrotypos: “This year we expect about 20% more production (in all regions and for all varieties) compared to the previous year. Referring to producer’s price, it is ranged to 2.50 euros per kilo which is low as the previous years it was ranged from 3.50 to 4 euros per kilo”.