Igor Ivanov from Mălăiesti, Orhei, runs an agricultural household that owns 19 hectares of orchards. To export fruit to the community market, he had to plant new trees, of a different generation. Last year he delivered three loads of plums to Germany, but for that he needed international certification and had to comply with certain sanitary requirements, the government’s communication and protocol department has reported.
This year, the apples harvested from an orchard sector went to processing, and the trees will be deforested, says the entrepreneur. “Already for the last two years we see that, practically, the apples from the classic orchard are directly given to the processing factories”, argues the farmer, while showing the new orchard, of which he is proud. It is a super-intensive orchard with irrigation, hail protection and spring frost protection. He hopes to get a good price for Gala apples this year as well as in the past. “It is an apple variety appreciated on the European market, as well as in the countries of Central Asia. Europe has higher requirements compared to our traditional market”, Igor Ivanov said.
In July, at the request of the Government of the Republic of Moldova, the European Union more than doubled the quotas for several categories of duty-free imported products. First of all, it is about plums, grapes and apples. The data of the Ministry of Economy show that in recent years the producers in our country exported plums and table grapes above the volume of the agreed quotas, assuming the taxes related to the export.
“For plums, an increase of more than two and a half times has been ensured, to cover, in fact, all the exports of plums in any direction that our producers previously made”, says Minister of Economy Sergiu Gaibu. In the case of apples, the Government also initiated negotiations with Egypt, to allow tax-free exports of apples to this country, which imports a significant volume of apples.