Hungary expects a relatively large cherry harvest this year of around 80-85,000 tons. However, some of the country’s sour cherries may not be harvested due to the lack of demand for this year’s fruit. Hungarian producers are worried about the market, where sales opportunities are diminished. According to the European Institute of Agricultural Information, there have been high yields in Serbia, Poland and also Turkey, which has an impact on the entire processing market. Recently, the price of cherries for the freezing and processing industry was between €0.25 – €0.37 / kg, constituting a fall of around 30-40% since the beginning of the season.
Moreover, the recent rains across the country have led to the deterioration in the quality of the fruit. Producers are afraid that there may be between 15 and 18,000 tons of cherries left on trees.