Moldova's growers urged to reconsider reduction


Latest Posts
Industry Updates
Redesign of flagship Enduro
30 November 2023
Industry Updates
'Better nitrogen absorption'
29 November 2023
Industry Updates
Celebrating regional potatoes
28 November 2023
Industry Updates
Crisps brand increases output
27 November 2023
25 March 2022
Smaller acreage could make produce market vulnerable

AN appeal has gone out to largescale growers in Moldova to reconsider plans to reduce their potato acreage, as the projected reduction will increase produce market vulnerability.

Leaders of the Association of Potato Growers of Moldova hope that large growers will reconsider plans to reduce their potato acreage this year.

Around 33% of all large farmers growing potatoes on dozens of hectares announced plans to partially switch to grain production last Autumn. However, seasonal droughts meant the total area of ​​winter crops for the 2022 harvest dropped by almost 100,000 ha. There is hope that during the spring planting season, farmers will not reduce the area for planting potatoes and vegetables too much while focusing on sunflower and corn.

Content continues after advertisements

According to the association’s experts, the main constraint is that potato farms currently imported 20-30% less planting material than last year. Meanwhile, prices for seed potatoes in Poland and Romania are rising, and many Moldovan farmers will not risk increasing purchases. Moreover growers have stated that the weather conditions for sowing potatoes, at least early varieties, were ‘worse than the average norm’.

Source:  Photo: Ainur Khakimov

US acreage decreases
German producers expand acreage
Potato acreage in Ukraine is growing
Potato acreage in Spain likely to decrease this year