In the Volhynia region, agrarians were given 1275 hectares under the apple orchards, from which they harvested three times as much as a year ago. However, the selling price for apples was 6 times lower than in 2017, according to Channel 12.
“If there is no price, manufacturers will have no money to pay salaries to workers. Apples are sold mostly for 50 kopecks, although their cost is 3-4 UAH,” says Oleg Kurdelchuk, an agronomist at the Lipin shunting station. “At the same time, supermarkets accept apples [from intermediaries] for 6-10 UAH/kg”.
According to him, the number of apples, harvested in Volhynia cannot be realized. At one time in each district of the region there was at least one processing enterprise, now there are two for the entire region.
As predicted by Ukrsadprom, in 2018 the harvest of apples in Ukraine could reach 1.1 million tons. In this case, farms will grow dessert apples to 400 thousand tons, and the rest households grow. For comparison: last year’s harvest was about 1 million tons.
The final figure of this season will correct the weather of the beginning of autumn, experts say.
One way or another, the supply of apples in the domestic market will be higher, which has already been demonstrated in Volhynia, and prices will fall even lower. For example, in 2016, gardeners have already worked at the limit of profitability.
In addition to seasonality and the type of apples, dessert and industrial (for processing), the price is affected by the large difference between the selling price of agro-enterprises and the final price in retail chains and markets. This difference is formed by intermediaries, analysts emphasize.
But an important role is played not only by them. As we wrote earlier, the fall in prices for industrial apples that go for juice is justified by the fact that over the past 6 years the world market of apple concentrate has decreased by almost 40%.
In the world, the juices, reсonstruited from it have actually already been equated to “unhealthy” sweet fizzy drinks, and Ukrainian farmers still pay a lot of attention to industrial apples.