The Hindu importers are interested in buying apples from Poland. There is a chance to sell even 100 thousand tons of fruit – president of the Fruit growing sector Mirosław Maliszewski said. Many Indians are coming to Poland to talk about the conditions. The main point is about the technical arrangements – India require that transported fruits should be protected against diseases and pests using methyl bromide. In Poland, this method is not allowed, so companies are wondering how such operation could be performed – explained the head of growers.
Another issue is the reconciliation of phytosanitary certificates. It looks like both sides needs to sign one simple agreement Mr Maliszewski said. There is a demand for apples in India. In previous years, India imported approx. 200 thousand. tons of apples mainly from China and the United States. There is a big chance to sell 100 thousand Polish. tons of apples. Indians already tried different types of polish apples and they like them despite the different taste.
This year India may run out of 200-300 thousand tons of apples, due to lower domestic production of these fruits. In India, in two states, which produces many apples were floods and collections are smaller compare to last years. Poland offer is very attractive, they have the cheapest apples in the world and probably the best taste.
Polish producers trying to find new market after Russia imposed an embargo. Last year the total exports of apples to the Russian market reached 700 thousand tons. Before that nobody ever thought about new distant markets, the prices are lower and there is a big transportation cost. In 2013. Poland was the world’s largest exporter of apples, selling 1.2 million tons of fruit. This year’s apple harvest is likely to be a record, experts estimate that it could be up to 3.5 million tonnes.