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June 28, 2022

Strawberry harvest good, no harvesters in sight

Strawberry growers in Romania have run out of labour force because harvesters prefer to work abroad where they are paid better, Realitatea.net informs. Lucian Sangeorzan is a strawberry grower that owns 80 acres in Covasant, Arad County, the centre of Romanian strawberry production. Lucian hopes to produce 8 tons of fruits. Elderly people in their 60s and 70s are working on the fields now at harvest time because only they are left in the country. Most of the crops belong to public sector employees trying to improve their incomes. Nevertheless, the growers state that they are not earning much from this small business.

“The advantage is that you invest gradually in a year’s time and you get the profit out in a month,” farmer Florin Fechete stated. Arad County strawberries are famous for their taste but can be bought only in markets, the supermarkets selling much more expensive fruits that are most likely harvested by Romanian workers in Greece, Italy or Spain. “We are growing traditional Romanian strawberries on approximately 90 hectares of land. They are Covasant strawberries, renowned all across the country, they have a very pleasant aroma,” Traian Balint, Mayor of Covasant, stated. A kilogram of strawberries currently costs RON 7. Farmers however believe that this year’s bumper crop will pull the price down to RON 4.

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