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Reduced production of Norwegian fruit

The production of Norwegian fruit has been reduced by 70 per cent over the past 20 years.

The production of Norwegian fruit has been reduced by 70 per cent over the past 20 years.

The production of plums has been reduced by 90 per cent, according to fresh figures from the State Agricultural Administration.

Last year, Norwegian fruit farmers produced 16,000 tons of fruit, against 54,000 tons in 1982, the newspaper Nationen writes.

The production of Norwegian apples was 34,938 tons in 1982, while in 2002 it was down to 13,733. The production of plums was reduced from 9,000 tons to 900 tons in the same period.

The main reason is a change in consumer pattern, together with larger import quotas.

-The consumers are more choosy. They travel more widely and experience new sorts, and this changes buying patterns, says Are Backe of the Agricultural Administration.