The production of apples in western Macedonia remains stagnant

The production of apples in western Macedonia remains stagnant
The production of apples in western Macedonia remains stagnant

This year’s apple production in western Macedonia remains unsettled as traders seem reluctant to buy, while the war in Ukraine, a wave of energy price hikes and Egypt’s ban on certain types of imports due to the IMF have had a serious impact the commercial distribution channels of the product.

In western Macedonia and on areas of Komnina, Mesovouno, Pyrgoi Milochori and Emporio of the Municipality of Eordaia as well as in the lakeside north-eastern zone of Kastoria, around 75,000 tons of apples are produced, with producers at a standstill.

As reported by the president of the Agricultural Association of Kastoria Thomas Moschos, the first commercial transactions in early apples “started at 0.16€/kg and reached a few days ago in the variety “Gala” at 0.09€/kg, when the cultivation cost per variety ranges from 0.25~0.33€/kg ».

The area of ​​Kastoria produces about 25-30,000 tons of apple -mainly red- with excellent physicochemical properties, due to the microclimate of the lake.

In his area municipality of Eordaia and in the apple-producing areas of Pyrgoni and Mesovounos, as the president of the Agricultural Association of Eastern Eordaia and Vegoritida Tasos Aivazidis reports, “merchants ask for our products at 0.25 euros/kg or to take them at open prices – for whatever that means later on the producer’s payment.”

Growers who used to store their apples in cold rooms, aiming for a better price during the winter or to export, today they avoid it because they do not know what will happen with electricity prices. THE Andreas Triantafyllidispresident of the community in Milochori of Eordaia, one of the important apple growers, with his own cold storage rooms and deliberating rooms, explains, speaking to APE-MPE, that he is in a dilemma as to whether he will store his apples, as he did in previous years, since the energy cost is prohibitive for such energy.

THE Nikos Koutliambas, president of ASEPOP Velventou, one of the country’s successful Cooperatives, says that apart from the war in Ukraine, Egypt played an important role in the problem of the supply of apples, which usually absorbs 67% of Greece’s red apple production. As he states, “the Egyptians, due to the general instructions of the IMF, have chosen to include the apple in the list of products subject to strong import restrictions, while on the contrary, fruit and food are imported freely”.

The mayor of Ptolemais Panagiotis Plakentas visited, today at noon, the Mesovouno area, where he had a meeting with the producers, in an effort to promote their requests to the government.


The article is in Greek

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