Vegetables of borscht set fell sharply compared to 2019 in Kiev and the Dnieper


Vegetables of borscht set fell sharply compared to 2019 in Kiev and the Dnieper

07/06/2020

The prices for onions fell most sharply, which in 2019 updated all price records.

An audit of the fruit and vegetable departments of supermarkets in Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Moldova, Georgia and Tajikistan, conducted on June 30, 2020 by the EastFruit team, showed that in two Ukrainian cities, Kiev and the Dnieper, the sharpest decrease in retail prices was noted in the category of so-called borscht vegetables (onions onions, beets, cabbage, carrots and potatoes). Compared with June 30, 2019, prices for these categories of goods in supermarkets in Kiev and the Dnieper decreased by an average of 24%.

“The prices for onions most sharply decreased, which in 2019 updated all price records. Therefore, a 42% reduction in retail prices for the year was quite expected, ”says Andrei Yarmak, economist at the investment department of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

The average prices for yellow onions were 6.63 UAH / kg (25 US cents) in the Dnieper and 7.75 UAH / kg (29 US cents) in Kiev as of June 30, 2020.

“The retail prices for beets, which in the 2019/20 season greatly disappointed vegetable growers, also fell sharply (by 41%). Demand for it throughout the season remained low, and supply significantly exceeded the level of demand. And even the prices for early beets from the 2020 harvest are still very low. This once again confirms the thesis that focusing exclusively on the domestic market in the cultivation of borscht vegetables is too high a risk. Without developing opportunities for exporting vegetables, cases of overproduction and falling prices below cost will occur regularly, ”notes Andrei Yarmak.

According to the audit, red beets in Kiev supermarkets on June 30, 2020 could be bought on average for 7.83 UAH / kg (29 US cents), and in the Dnieper – for 7.54 UAH / kg (28 US cents).

In third place in terms of price reduction was white cabbage. She fell in price by an average of 22%, and in the Dnieper, her prices fell more than in Kiev. Carrots in supermarkets fell by an average of 9%, and potatoes – by 4%.

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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