Kyrgyz apple plummets prices in Uzbekistan


Kyrgyz apple plummets prices in Uzbekistan

02/05/2020

As a rule, two varieties of apples are delivered from Kyrgyzstan: Starkrimson and Renet Simirenko.

According to EastFruit analysts, an apple from Kyrgyzstan began to flow en masse into the Uzbek market. At the same time, prices for it were a shock to local entrepreneurs and gardeners, who announced plans to sell their apple stocks at no less than $ 2 per kg in the first months of 2020. According to Bakhtiyor Abduvohidov, an international consultant to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), you can even buy a Kyrgyz apple in the wholesale markets of Uzbekistan at $ 0.60 per kg.

For comparison, an Iranian apple is offered in bulk at an average of $ 1.15 per kg, that is, almost twice as expensive. And at the same time, the Iranian apple is still much cheaper than the local one.

See also: Uzbekistan gropes its niche in the apple market – export of early varieties to Russia

In order to somehow save the situation, local entrepreneurs often carry out the time-consuming operation of repackaging an Iranian apple from plastic containers to used banana boxes to disguise it as an Uzbek apple.

If we talk about an apple from Kyrgyzstan, it comes, as a rule, an apple of two varieties: “Starkrimson” and “Renet Simirenko.” The quality of this apple is acceptable, although not perfect.

An apple from China is also still on the market.

Naturally, in such conditions it is becoming increasingly difficult to sell a local apple. In January, in particular, apple prices in Uzbekistan fell by an average of 20%, and a sharp increase in cheap apple supplies from Kyrgyzstan could lead to an even greater drop in prices. At the same time, the apple in the vaults of some traders has already begun to deteriorate, and they are forced to sell it.

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