Drought lowers vegetable and fruit production by over 20 pc

This year’s production of vegetables and fruits will be over 20 per cent smaller because of the prolonged drought, and starting this autumn the prices of these products could grow significantly, according to Aurel Tanase, Executive Director of the Prodcom Vegetables-Fruits Inter-professional Organization.
“The drop in the production of vegetables and fruits will surpass 20 per cent this year because of the drought and will be seen at least in the case of crops that bloomed during the period with the highest temperatures. At this hour the market is sufficiently well supplied from domestic production, is diverse and there are no problems. We went through August well because the population was on vacation and the consumption was lower, however lately there is an interest in products needed for home canning,” Prodcom’s Executive Director stated.
Prodcom’s Director pointed out that he has asked the Agriculture Ministry for financial aid for vegetable and fruit producers that registered losses because of the drought however work is being currently done on tallying the affected farms.

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