In Uzbekistan, almost all fruits and berries sharply went up over the year


In Uzbekistan, almost all fruits and berries sharply went up over the year

07/06/2020

Compared to the same period in 2019, prices for peach and nectarine increased most sharply.

An audit of fruit and vegetable departments of supermarkets in Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Moldova, Georgia and Tajikistan, conducted by the EastFruit team on June 30, 2020, showed that retail prices for most types of fruits and berries in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, increased significantly over the year.

Compared to June 30, 2019, the fruit basket of supermarkets went up by 19% in US dollars, i.e. excluding deflation of the Uzbek currency. Because During this time, the Uzbek soum depreciated against the dollar by 18%, then the nominal price increase was even more significant. In other words, at the end of June 2020, consumers paid an average of 37% more for the same set of fruits as at the end of June 2019.

Most sharply – by 37% per year in dollars and 55% in local currency, prices for peach and nectarine increased. Tashkent supermarkets sold this type of fruit at an average of $ 1.4 US dollars per kg. Those. retail prices for peaches in Tashkent were higher than in Dushanbe, Khujand and Tbilisi and did not differ significantly from the price for peaches in Chisinau.

Also, an apple rose in price by 28% in dollars and 46% in Uzbek soums over the year, which did not prevent it from being the cheapest among all countries where the audit was conducted. Obviously, the inertia of 2019 affected when the apple harvest was lower than usual, and apple prices were kept at a high level all season.

Despite the height of the melon season, retail prices for watermelon in Tashkent also increased over the year by 15% in dollars, and by 32% in soums. Raspberry, which is not an important product for consumers, especially during this period of time, has risen in price by 38% in dollars and 56% in soums, and exotic for Uzbekistan blueberries – by 13% in dollars and 31% soums.

By the way, retail chains in Uzbekistan sell blueberries at almost $ 40 US dollars per kg, while in Chisinau supermarkets this berry could be bought for a little more than $ 5 US dollars per kg, i.e. eight times cheaper. True, it is obvious that the volume of sales of blueberries in Uzbekistan is much lower, therefore, prices remain at such a high level. As we have already noted, Uzbekistan has excellent conditions for growing blueberries and its profitable exports to Russia and other countries of the world, but local consumers are still not very familiar with this berry culture.

The only product among fruits, which fell in price in a year in dollars, was a banana. However, the real retail price of banana actually increased in soums by 4%. The decline was only in US dollars.

Uzbekistan’s consumers generally pay more than consumers of other countries in the region for bananas, because the logistics of delivering them to the country is quite expensive. At the same time, the banana consumption in Uzbekistan is extremely low, which we wrote about in the article about how many bananas are consumed by different countries of the world. Perhaps consumers are still distrustful of this product, after a completely groundless rumor about the transmission of the virus through bananas was made at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

The full results of the retail audit of fruit and vegetable departments of supermarkets in the quality of departments and services, quality of fruits and vegetables, assortment and prices are expected in the near future.

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