The projected reduction in the area under potatoes will increase the vulnerability of the fruit and vegetable market in Moldova

Updated Mar 18, 2022
The leadership of the Association of Potato Growers of Moldova hopes that large farmers will reconsider plans to reduce the area under potato sowing this year. Back in the fall of 2021, about a third of all large potato farmers growing this crop on dozens of hectares announced plans to partially reorient themselves to grain production. However, due to the autumn drought, the area of winter crops for the 2022 crop as a whole in the country did not increase, but decreased by almost 100 thousand hectares.
There is hope that during the spring planting season, farmers will not only focus on sunflower and corn, but will also not reduce the area for planting potatoes and vegetables too much. See also: In the spring, Moldova grapes move from the mass market category to a niche on the Moldovan market According to the association's experts, the main constraint is that potato farms currently imported 20-30% less planting material than last year. At the same time, prices for seed potatoes in Poland and Romania are growing, and many Moldovan farmers will not risk increasing purchases. Moreover, the weather conditions for sowing potatoes, at least early varieties, as farmers say, "were worse than the average norm." In the current situation, according to the forecast of representatives of the industry association, most likely the area under potatoes in specialized farms will still decrease. In part, this will be offset by the continued increase in potato cultivation in rural households over ...
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