Tajikistan’s potato prices rise due to the threat of temporary closure of roads


Tajikistan’s potato prices rise due to the threat of temporary closure of roads

02/27/2020

In connection with the threat of avalanches, interruptions occurred in the supply of potatoes to the trading network of Tajikistan

The temporary closure of traffic on the Chanak-Dushanbe highway due to the threat of avalanches on mountain passes provoked a sharp rise in potato prices both in the northern part of Tajikistan and in the central regions of the country. So, in supermarkets and in the Panchshanbe market in the city of Khujand, the cost of 1 kg of potato rose from 2.5 – 3 somoni ($ 0.25-0.3) to 5-5.5 somoni ($ 0.51-0.56), and Dushanbe recorded prices from 5.5 to 6 somoni ($ 0.56-0.61).

Sogd region is the main producer and supplier of potatoes in many regions of Tajikistan. Farmers of the cities of Penjikent, Istaravshan, as well as Aininsky, Kuhistoni Mastchinsky, Shakhristansky and Devashtichsky districts deliver wagons to the capital of the republic and to the markets of Khujand during the year. Bad weather made its own adjustments to this process, in connection with which there were interruptions in the delivery of the product to the distribution network. This was the reason for the sharp increase in potato prices.

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The roads were closed for only a few days. But even for this short period of time, traders quickly orientated themselves and delivered several batches of potatoes from neighboring Kyrgyzstan to Khujand, while at the same time purchasing onions for consumers in this country from Tajikistan.

To date, potato prices in the republic have stabilized. In Khujand, potatoes cost 3-3.5 somoni ($ 0.3-0.35), and in Dushanbe 4-4.5 somoni ($ 0.41-0.45) per kg.

In addition, a change in prices for greens and garlic is noted in the republic’s trading network. In recent days, many regions of the country have reported a significant reduction in the cost of green onions, parsley, sorrel, lettuce, dill. If three or four days ago 1 kg of such greenery cost 7-8 somoni ($ 0.72-0.82), now it barely reaches 5 somoni ($ 0.51). Experts note that the price reduction is taking place against the background of an oversupply – more and more farmers began to grow this vitamin product in a film-like manner and thereby managed to saturate the domestic market.

A completely different situation is in the garlic sector. If last year 1 bunch of green garlic cost 1 somoni ($ 0.1), then now this price, as previously predicted by Ibragim Siddikov, has doubled and reached 2 somoni ($ 0.2). The specialist explains this change by the fact that last year, farmers allocated a little sown area for this crop.

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