This year’s fruit season seems to be good, but the plum crops could be halved. Norwegian cherries are already available in stores.
“For plums, the crops could be halved,” fruit storage inspector Leif Øie in GrøntProdusentenes Samarbeidsråd stated.
The reduction is due to low temperatures in Western Norway when the bees pollinated the plum trees this spring.
Øie estimates that the plum crops will yield 1,100 tonnes, compared to last year’s season of 1,900 tonnes.
In Eastern Norway, there is not as great a decline in yields.
Cherries in stores
The first Norwegian cherries can already be found in stores. Øie says that this year’s cherry season looks good.
“They are in all chains – Coop, Norgesgruppen, and Rema,” Øie said.
From next week onwards, the harvest will intensify. Then prices will fall.
From experience, the price will probably go down and end up at between NOK 120 and 130 per kilo, Øie stated.
After a few years of limited access to seasonal workers, Øie says that the farmers now have good access to labor. They will be busy in weeks 29, 30, and 31, when the largest amounts of cherries will mature.
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