According to a report by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK), traditional winter food storage vegetables - like peppers and cucumbers - are grown less and less often in Croatia. In 2018, pepper growers produced 18,106 tonnes of that vegetable, 6% less than in 2017. The situation for cucumbers is even less favourable, with only 6,442 tonnes produced in 2018, almost 40% less than in 2017, when the yield was 10,662 tonnes.
In the same period cucumber imports grew by more than five percent while pepper imports increased by close to 15%.
An interesting fact is that despite the decline in production, cucumber exports have been on the rise as well, with 5,139 tonnes having been exported in 2018, which accounted for 80% of the yield and was 22% higher than in 2017. More than 75% of cucumber exports ended up in the Czech Republic and Germany while most imports came from Spain, Italy and Serbia, the HGK said.