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Tomato prices skyrocket in Saudi Arabia amidst shortage

As supplies dwindle, prices of vegetables — mainly tomato and okra — have surged sharply over the last few weeks in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and also other parts of the country.

Tomato prices have almost doubled to SR12 per kg in retail markets and are gradually increasing. However, prices may come down slightly as supplies from Jordan hit markets.

The skyrocketing prices of tomatoes across the Kingdom has caused jitters among consumers as it is the main ingredient of many common dishes.

Many retail traders told the Saudi Gazette that housewives are reluctant to buy tomatoes due to the price factor and also good quality is not available in the market.

Not only tomatoes but other vegetable prices have also gone up. Okra prices also have increased by above 100 percent, according to traders. Okra is fetching SR25 per kg from the earlier SR12 per kg.

Normally, prices of tomatoes and other vegetables firm up in the off-season of August-September every year, due to shortages of supplies owing to high temperatures in the Kingdom, and limited supplies from Turkey, but the sharp increase in rates this time is attributed mainly to the failing supplies from Jordan and other major vegetable supplying countries.

Publication date: 9/26/2017


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