Bulgaria: Fresh Deciduous Fruit Annual

  |   Attaché Report (GAIN)   |   BU2021-0042

In marketing year (MY) 2020/21, Bulgaria’s total fresh deciduous fruit crop declined sharply by 15 percent due to adverse climate conditions. Apple production decreased by 13 percent from MY 2019/20, as unfavorable weather conditions reduced area harvested. Pear production declined more steeply, by 48 percent, to its lowest level in the last four years due to the decrease in both area harvested and yields. Table grape production was more resilient to the unfavorable weather, but also dropped by six percent. The pandemic reduced consumer demand and imports for fresh consumption due to food service industry outlet restrictions, weak tourism, and consumer budgets targeting more staple food products. Post expects MY 2021/22 production, fresh consumption, and processing to rebound due to gradual economic recovery, vaccination progress, a better tourist season, and relaxed operations of food service outlets.

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