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Polish fruit output recovers

After a disappointing season last year, Polish growers say they are anticipating a bumper fruit harvest in 2008

Polish fruit output recovers

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Poland's fresh fruit production is expected to bounce back this year, following last season's downturn in volumes, which was caused by spring frosts.

According to forecasts from the Horticultural Economics Department of IAFE-NRI, total fruit production is expected to reach 3.5m tonnes this year, with stonefruit volumes anticipated to soar.

Apricot and peach volumes are expected to be, respectively, five and four times higher than last year's crops. Pear production is predicted to be three times greater than in 2007.

However, according to reports, this year's cherry crop is expected to be lower than last year's, although growers state that there are large regional and varietal variations.

In central Poland, varieties such as Lutówka, Koral and Ametyst are forecast to perform well, whereas availability of North Star, Saphir and Groniasta z Ujfehertoi is expected to be down.

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