Stocks of beets, carrots, onions and potatoes in large vegetable farms in Latvia have already been practically exhausted, because due to floods, part of the harvest remained in the fields, and what was collected was not subject to long-term storage.
Stores will soon encounter a shortage of vegetables and will have to import them, representatives of the Peasant Sejm organization told the Latvian Radio 4 “Dome Square” program. According to the forecasts of the board member of the “Peasant Sejm” and the head of the cooperative of large vegetable farms under the name Mūsu māju dārzeитыi Edita Strazdini, there are enough supplies of carrots, beets and onions for a week or two, and potatoes for two or three weeks.
In retail chains they recognize that the problem of the shortage of Latvian vegetables exists. The representative of one of them told the radio station that the Latvian onion had already ended and was being imported from Lithuania. The carrots are about to end. There is also a problem with apples and cranberries.
The most difficult situation is in Latgale, which last year suffered more from other regions from floods, and somewhat better - in Zemgale. Confirm the problem with vegetables and small farms. Sellers in the Riga central market, who grow their own products and sell them themselves, call the situation of farmers unenviable. The only exception is cabbage, the crop of which was able to be fully harvested, since the quality of the product allows it to be stored for a long time.
Due to rains in the Baltic countries and Finland, only 30-65% of grain, rape and other crops were harvested in September, and the quality of the harvest was poor. Throughout the region, much less than usual winter crops were sown, that is, next year the potential yield will also be less.
In early October, Minister of Agriculture Janis Duklavs informed the European Commissioner for Agriculture, Phil Hogan, about the critical situation that many farmers faced after the August and September rains in Latgale, Vidzeme and Selia.
At the end of December, the European Commission decided to pay compensation to the Baltic states and Finland for a total of 15 million euros, of which 3,46 million euros will go to Latvian farmers whose farms were affected by the floods.
A source: http://www.fruit-inform.com