Fruit trees have been a common feature in the Czech and Moravian landscape for centuries. However, in the past decades, traditional orchards and fruit tree alleys have been disappearing at an alarming rate. A Brno-based initiative, called Pecky z Moravy, or Moravian Fruit Stones, aims to reverse this trend by collecting tree seeds and planting them in the countryside.
The damage by late spring frost to the Czech fruit harvest is expected to
exceed 100 million crowns, according to the head of the Association of
Czech Fruit Growers, Martin Ludvik.
The worst-hit areas are in northern and western Bohemia where farmers have lost much of their harvest. In Moravia farmers report damages due to severe hailstorms.
The annual value of the country’s fruit harvest is at around 1.3 billion crowns. In recent years farmers have repeatedly suffered losses due to spring frost or summer droughts.
The Czech Republic’s fruit harvest this year is set to be 26 percent lower than the average for the last five years due to frosts in spring, the head of the country’s fruit growers association told the Czech News Agency on Tuesday. Moravian crops were hardest hit by the adverse weather conditions and the yield of apricots and peaches, which are grown there, is likely to be a full 70 percent below the five-year average. Agriculture Minister Marian Jurečka says he will call on the government to compensate the farmers affected, as also happened last year.
Did you know that some of the best marmalades are produced in the Czech Republic? At least according to a prestigious British competition called World’s Original Marmalade Awards 2017, which recently took place in Britain’s Cumbria. Marmalades produced by Jozefína Růžičková from South Bohemia won nine medals in competition with over 2,000 marmalade makers from around the world. What’s more, her products are now being sold by Fortnum & Mason, one of the most luxurious department stores in London. I spoke to Jozefína Růžičková during her visit to
Czech fruit growers are assessing the damage from severe frosts that occurred in country in late April and early May. Initial estimates say the frost has damaged around one quarter of the country’s fruit production, with losses amounting to over 470 million crowns. Czech farmers were hit by frost for the second year in a row; last year’s losses amounted to 400 million crowns.
The yield from this year’s apple harvest is expected to be some 23 percent less year-on-year and pears as much as 50 percent, according to Czech fruit growers. The amount of apples grown this year amount to 119,373 tons, while pears will weigh in at 5,484 tons, some 45 percent less than a year ago; this year’s poor yield could leave some harvesters on the financial brink, the Czech News Agency reported.
Penny Market has become the first supermarket chain in the Czech Republic to sell fruit and vegetables which don’t fall within the strict cosmetic standards. The wonky carrots and other less perfect produce will be supplied exclusively by Czech farmers and will be sold with a ten percent discount. According to Penny Market represenatives, they want to raise awareness of the fact that an enormous amount of food is wasted in the EU each year.
The 2016 fruit harvest is expected to see a 28 percent drop year-on-year due to the late frosts which hit the country at the end of April. Fruit growers estimate losses of around 400 million crowns. According to the head of the Fruit Growers Union Martin Ludvik the fallout should not affect prices on the market. The most severe damage is reported in southern Moravia.
It has been estimated that an enormous amount of food - 88 million tonnes is wasted in the European Union annually. A new campaign by the Zachraň Jidlo initiative wants to make a small dent in food waste the Czech Republic, reporting that up to one-fifth of fruit and vegetables is thrown away without ever making it to the store, for strictly cosmetic reasons.
Contrary to expectations, Czech fruit growers achieved very good results last year. Despite the extremely dry and hot summer, the overall fruit harvest increased by 24 percent year-on-year to 188,462 tonnes, which is the best result since 2006. The head of the fruit grower’s union, Martin Ludvík, announced the results this week.