This applies to all – both the procurers represented by various canning enterprises and exporters of Armenian fruits and vegetables. The latter (and soon and the first) includes the largest company “Spike” in this area.
According to Karen Baghdasaryan, the head of the department of projects of Spike LLC, for the first half of 2018, the company managed to take about 6 thousand. tons of products. It is interesting that since this year the exporter’s strategy has changed somewhat – if it previously focused mainly on seasonal products, then this season, taking into account market demand, emphasized those vegetables that can be stored for a long time. This made it possible to develop schemes by which you can make orders to farmers in advance and harvest large volumes of products with them. In particular, more than 1 thousand were taken out. tons of carrots and 3.5 thousand. tons of potatoes. Moreover, good numbers turned out to be young potatoes – about 500 tons by mid -June. Taking into account the indicators of this year, it was decided to order the Ararat Valley to farmers for the next year 3 thousand. tons of potatoes.
Now on apricots. In the spring and early summer, there was a negative information stream for supposedly severe damage caused by apricots. Because of this panic, a fairly high purchase price was formed by the beginning of the collection of apricots. “We knew that there are actually large volumes of apricots, but could not go against this current,” says. Baghdasaryan. — As a result, it turns out that this year Armenia exported twice as many apricots than in the past, and almost a third of this volume was given by Armavir – the area where the city was “.
It was because of high prices that Spike purchased relatively small batches of apricots-only 2.5 thousand. tons, or about 10% of all exports. At the same time, many of those exporters who relied on this amber fruit were burnt, since the Armenian apricots are already expensive, and competition in Russia from the Uzbek and Turkish apricots is great. However, the situation of this year can lead to a decrease in interest from exporters this year, and as a result – to the greater competitiveness of Armenian apricots. We add that in the Russian market, and in particular in Moscow, where the lion’s share of Armenian apricots enters, our fruit is the most quoted and therefore expensive of all apricots. But if the price for it begins to differ greatly from similar products from other countries, then buyers begin to give preference to competitors.
Grape. It is already clear that this year the volume of grapes for export will exceed last year. Last year, Spike tried to agree on supplies with farmers and supermarket networks in Russia in advance. However, when the crop was ripe, our farmers raised prices, and as a result, supplies were financially disadvantageous. Therefore, the company put small volumes from the planned.