A record cherry harvest

Never before have Belgian cherry growers produced so much fruit. According to the Belgian Fruit Auction (BFV), this year more than 2,000,000 kilos of Belgian cherries will be sold and it’s all thanks to the prolonged spell of fine weather.

The BFV’s Director Filip Lowette told VRT News that “Nature has been especially kind to us this year. The blossom period went perfectly. Moreover, we have had a very dry and sunny period from the start of the picking season. This has resulted in a subliminal harvest”.

80% of the cherries grown in Belgium are for export. However, this year’s bumper harvests in other EU countries have served to put downward pressure on the price Belgian cherry growers can charge for their fruit.  

Belgian apple-growers have suffered due to Russia’s boycott of EU fruit. Consequently, peer and cherry production in Belgium is increasing at the expense of apples.   

400 hectares of new cherry orchards have been planted since 2010, bringing the total surface area planted with commercial cherry trees to 1,000 hectares.