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Hungarian watermelon harvest expected to grow

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Watermelon production in Hungary is expected to top 240,000 tons this year, increasing from last year’s 200,000-to-205,000 tons, according to agricultural news website Fresh Plaza.

The yield is a marked increase compared to last yearʼs harvest, which was hurt by an abnormal heat-wave that lead to a diminished crop.

The acreage devoted to watermelons has increased by about 5%, reaching approximately 5,300 to 5,500 hectares, according to Balázs Dorcsinecz, a member of the Hungarian Fruit and Vegetable Interprofessional Organization. Dorcsinecz explained that each hectare of land yields approximately 45 tons of watermelons annually, the website reported.

Watermelons were sold on average for approximately HUF 100 per kilogram last year, making the crop unprofitable for growers, Dorcsinecz said, according to the website. He insisted that the target price must be increased to at least HUF 110 to support the welfare of the roughly 1,000 families employed through their cultivation.

Hungary primarily exports watermelons to Germany, Slovakia, Czech Republic, and Poland.

Last year, the Hungarian subsidiary of U.K. retail chain Tesco made a commitment to sell only Hungarian watermelons at Hungarian outlets.

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