In 2018, the lowest-ever recorded prices for berries, most likely, will lead to a decrease in production volumes for the main products next year. This opinion was expressed by Andrey Yarmak, the economist of the investment department of FAO in his blog on east-fruit.
Presumably, according to his forecasts, only blueberry production will grow. Its prospects are very good, because the quality of the berry is very high, and it is available all year round.
But the production of raspberries and strawberry will decrease. The production of blackberries is likely to increase insignificantly. The interest to this berry continues to grow, although the raspberry presses on its prices, the expert explains.
According to Yarmak, a single-valued anti-leader is the blackcurrant.
“Almost everywhere the prices for it have fallen dramatically, and I think that many will get rid of the plantations of this berry, not only in Ukraine,” he says.
And this despite the fact that, according to official statistics, in Ukraine, 40% of all areas of berry plantations are planted with currants. This berry was a favorite among gardeners as early as 2010-2013. Then the industrial plantations were actively planted. But a lot of nonprofessionals went into business, that were later disappointed with their results.
Yarmak says that the red currant is still there, but the farmers are also not very satisfied with its price tags.
But with honeysuckle is a complete disaster, said the representative of FAO. Its production is growing rapidly in Poland and Ukraine, and nobody knows what to do with it.
As it turned out, even selling it legally in the EU is difficult, as honeysuckle does not apply to food products. And even if this issue is resolved, it will be necessary to invest a lot of money in promoting its consumption, Yarmak believes.
According to market participants, in Ukraine, about 120 hectares are planted with honeysuckle. At the same time, about a half of commercial production is concentrated in the hands of three farms.