Good yield expected
Apple and pear harvest starts early
The Swiss Fruit Association expects a good harvest of pome fruit: 114,500 tons of apples and 18,500 tons of pears are expected in the coming weeks. A program for more sustainability has been well received by the producers.
The Swiss fruit growers are expecting a good harvest. Apples and pears are produced according to a new sustainability program. (icon picture)
The Swiss Fruit Association provided information on the pome fruit season in Fruthwilen, Thurgau, on Tuesday. Because of the good weather, the harvest started about six days earlier than usual, it said. The harvest peaks in mid-September and lasts until the end of October. Producers expect good yields.
For the first time, more than 85 percent of the pome fruit area is produced according to the new industry program “Sustainability Fruits”. The program with nine sustainability goals and a broad catalog of measures is a response to the increased demands of consumers, it said.
In addition, the Federal Council’s “Clean Water” action plan should be taken into account. Thurgau National Councilor Manuel Strupler (SVP) acknowledged the pioneering role of the industry: It perceives the demands of society, politics and consumers and tries to respond with actionable measures.
Efforts to produce fruit more sustainably are met with great support, according to the association. Most of the producers, but also the leading retailers, support the program. The producers receive an additional six centimes per kilogram of pome fruit for their additional work.