August 06 2018

center_img You might also be interested in AUS: Red Rich Fruits secures exclusive rights to C … EU apple growers are anticipating a “bumper” crop for the 2018-19 season, according to European fresh produce association Freshfel.Last year severe frosts across much of the continent led to one of the smallest crops in years, with volumes falling 21% year-on-year to 9.34 million metric tons (MT).But this year production has recovered, with Freshfel general delegate Philippe Binard telling Fresh Fruit Portal the crop would be “very strong”.The World Apple and Pear Association (WAPA) is due to release an official crop forecast at Prognosfruit Conference taking place in Poland from August 8 – 10.”No doubt that this year there will be very strong apple crop,” Binard said.He said the heatwave and low rainfall across many parts of Europe over recent weeks would likely not have a major effect on the crop but may lead to slightly smaller sizing.However, he highlighted that as much of the fruit would not be picked until September or October there were still various factors that could influence the crop’s development over the fall.”We are still now looking before the … meeting to decide whether some of the initial forecast that has been made needs to be updated,” he said.Specifics on the picking dates will be given at this week’s conference, but Binard expected that overall they would be similar to last year. He emphasized, however, that each growing region would have been impacted differently by the heatwave.last_img read more