Russian boycott continues to hit Dutch fruit growers

Green pearsDutch fruit growers are readying themselves for the third bad sales season in a row, the Financieele Dagblad said on Thursday.

The surplus of apples and pears on the European market means prices for popular breeds are falling by as much as 30% and the sector lobby group NFO fears many of the country’s 1,400 growers face financial problems.

The price of fruit has fallen since Russia introduced trade sanctions in 2014, closing off a market of 140 million consumers.

Officials expect a record pear harvest this year, as in 2015. Russia was Dutch pear growers’ biggest export market.

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