Differing fortunes for Dutch and Polish apple growers

The Netherlands' apple and pear harvest has been further revised downward, but the EU's largest apple grower, Poland, has fared better.

Dutch apple trees - image:HW
Dutch apple trees - image:HW
Harvests of the two most widely grown Dutch varieties, Elstar and Jonagold, are forecast to be down 33 and 34 per cent respectively, while pears, which have been rising in volume relative to apples in recent years, are likely to be down over 40 per cent on last year.

The revised figures from the Dutch Central Bureau for Statistics and horticulture consultancy DLV Plant, have been attributed to lower fruit sizes than were anticipated in July.

Poland however is expected to hit 3 million tonnes this year - 10 per cent up on 2011, and nearly ten times the volume harvested in Holland. Around 60 per cent of Polish apple exports go to Russia.

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