While last year’s fruit harvest in Czech and Moravian orchards was the greatest since 2010, this year, fruit growers expect the total volume to fall by a quarter. It is a result of the spring frosts and hail in some municipalities, but mainly also of the dry weather.
In October, growing prices were registered for potatoes, peppers, tomatoes and carrots in the Czech Republic, as revealed by data supplied by the Czech Statistical Office (CSO). According to the Chairman of the Vegetable Union of Bohemia and Moravia, Jaroslav Zeman, the price of vegetables will likely not fall again until the next harvest.
After several years of stagnation, organic farming is growing in the Czech Republic. Over the past nine months, the country has seen the creation of 322 new farms and 23 businesses devoted to organic food production. It is a response to the increasing demand for this commodity.
Czech retail chains have recently been trying to reduce shipment times for most fruits and vegetables sold at their stores, both from Czech and overseas producers. The main motivations are cost reduction and the preservation of the products’ freshness.
Polish growers are issuing a call on consumers to boycott goods produced in the Czech Republic in response to the allegedly stricter controls on Polish products by Czech authorities, reports “Dziennik Gazeta Prawna” (DGP).
Czech apple prices have dropped by 20 to 30%, mainly due to the Russian ban on imports and to this year’s bumper harvest. Growers fear they risk falling short in funds for investment and operations, as stated by the president of the Fruit Union of the Czech Republic, Martin Ludvík.
Czech Agriculture Minister, Petr Bendl, has said, during a meeting with his Polish counterpart, that Poland must focus on the quality of its food prior to export.