What Fruits are Grown in Russia?

The fruits grown in Russia do not meet the demand that is present on the domestic market. Therefore, up to 80% of fruit and vegetable supplies are imported from other countries. Despite this, consumers are actively looking for and buying domestic products, as they consider them more organic.

The approximate level of consumption of such crops reaches 43 kilograms per year per person and this is 2.5 times less than in Western European countries. For the exporters, the Russian market is important from the strategic point of view. Here, the potential has not been disclosed yet, which means that local producers have a lot of different opportunities.

Consumption plays a significant role here. According to the statistics, the average person in Russia spends about 6% of the total food expenditures on such purchases. However, climatic conditions do not allow meeting the demand all the year round. Due to this, the import indicators are high. In the warm season, the following products are grown in Russia:

  • sweet cherries, strawberries, and cherries;
  • raspberries and other berries;
  • apples, pears, plums;
  • apricots, grapes, melons;
  • watermelons and peaches.

These crops are enough for about six months. After that, the products from other countries are being used. However, their quality is lower than that of the Russian fruits, but its price is several times higher. Despite such difficulties, overall consumption has increased by a quarter in recent years. Probably the most important indicator is the lack of modern vegetable storehouses, canneries, and cold storage facilities for the preservation of the products. For those companies that invest in processing and storage of agricultural products, the investments are paid off faster than in any other country by 2 or 3 years. This is due to extremely low competition in this business segment.

Most of the gardens are located in the southern regions. These territories include the Crimea, the Krasnodar Territory, the Rostov Region, the Stavropol Territory, and the Astrakhan Region. Temperature-sensitive products such as apricots, grapes, peaches, strawberries, watermelons, and melons are grown here. Area-specific plants are grown in the middle territory. We are talking about apples, plums, and pears. They are not afraid of frost and are immune to most local diseases.

What Fruits are Most Abundant in the Country?

Local agricultural producers mainly grow apples and pears. Supply leaders cover the area of 4,000 hectares (or 10,000 acres). The fruits are processed and the final products (juices, jams, etc.) are made of them by these companies.

Medium-sized companies and farmers work in a super intensive manner. As a result, they collect huge harvests each year (approximately 30 kg from a single tree). More than 170 medium-sized fruit-growers with the area of hundreds of hectares of crops are engaged in growing apples and other pome fruits. The top ten companies are the manufacturers with the following yields:

  • 3.1% is the share in total area of commercial gardening in the Voronezh region.
  • The share of the largest enterprise of Krasnodar Region is one percent lower.
  • In the Saratov region, about 1.3% of pome crops are grown.
  • The leaders of the Lipetsk region grow a little more than one percent, in the Crimea 0.9% are grown.

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