The Greeks intend to expand the production of garlic to provide domestic market, despite the fact that Chinese and Spanish garlic cover the needs of the country.
With the help of measures and targeted government measures, the development of garlic production in Greece is quite promising.
So, according to the Greeks, local garlic has strong quality advantages over imported garlic. But, according to the garlic growers, the expansion of the production of growing garlic depends on the regulation at the state level of the issue of certification of seeds of local production. The cultivation of which, they believe, will subsequently lead not to such a massive import of the product from China and Spain.
However, to advance this required organized, collective action of farmers in cooperation with the Ministry of economy.
However, to promote this issue, organized collective action of farmers is necessary in cooperation with the Ministry of Economy.
In recent years, the harvest of garlic in the country shows a tendency to increase, but as a whole remains insufficient to satisfy the domestic consumption market.
For the current year, in Greece, garlic is grown in the areas of about 1250 hectares with a total production volume of 9,700 tons.
The final goods of Greek production is intended mainly for the domestic market. And also exported to Canada, Cyprus, North-Central Europe, etc. Small parties from the region of Neya Visa sent to Bulgaria and Germany.
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Volumes and price
Due to demand, the growth trend in the productivity of culture is on the rise.
So, last year the average yield per hectare was 6 tons, this year 10 tons is expected.
Despite the frosts, which led to a loss of about 5% -10% of the crop, no other problems arose. Therefore, if the weather is favorable, the harvest is expected to be good.
The price increase in comparison with the last year is not forecasted yet. So, in 2016 the price was EUR 2.25 per kg. In previous years, on average, EUR 1.50 per kg (did not cover production costs).
Recently, the culture of growing garlic in Greece shows gradual progress. More and more farmers are reoriented to the cultivation of garlic. Young producers believe that this product can provide them with more decent income.
According to experts, every year the land for sowing garlic will grow in a mathematical progression.
And indeed, despite the fact that the market is flooded with imported garlic, the Greek consumer still prefers garlic of local production.
Posted by: Andrey Marchenko
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