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Poland ranked third among EU countries, regarding strawberry production

Regarding strawberry production, Poland is ranked third among the European Union countries, with a share of 13% in EU production. It is thirteenth in the global market. The global leader in the strawberry market remains China, with the production exceeding 3.3 million tons. To a lesser extent, the United States has a harvest of more than 1 million tons. In the European Union, apart from Poland, the group of the largest producers of strawberries includes Spain, with a share of 25% in the EU production, and Germany, with 14%.

Currently, the season for strawberries starts at the beginning of the second quarter (thanks to fruit from greenhouse crops) and lasts until late autumn, when the fruit of varieties repeating fruiting are available. The production of strawberries is conducted mainly on smaller family farms, managing plantations with an area of 1 to 10 ha. The cultivation of strawberries in Poland is characterized by a clear regionalization.

The significant volume of the domestic harvest of strawberries is designed for export. In the years 2014–2021, between 54% and 70% of the domestic production of these fruits was sold abroad. Last year, Poland exported 102 thousand tons of strawberries, of which 82.8 thousand tons of frozen strawberries and 19.2 thousand tons of fresh strawberries. Recently, one can observe an increase in the export of fresh strawberries. However, 88% of revenues are still obtained from the export of frozen fruit.


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