While strong demand drove imports in the first half of 2019/20, the measures under Covid-19 led to lower demand and lower imports after March. The consumption of fresh fruit declined, while the demand for processed easy-to-preserve products led to record figures for the processing of apples and pears. Fresh produce consumption in Bulgaria is expected to increase again in 2020/21 should Covid-19 be halted in 2021. Pears The yields from Bulgarian pear cultivation increased by 62% in 2019/20 compared to 2018/19. The harvested area has increased by 22%, with the average yield increasing by 32% compared to the previous year. Most of the pear harvest came from southwestern Bulgaria, which in 2019 accounted for 32% of the total pear area and 47% of the yield. Organic pear cultivation accounted for about 9% of the total production in 2018. For 2020/21 things look even brighter for pear growers: A MinAg report from early November indicates that the harvested area and yield have increased ...
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