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Bulgaria: Potato prices lower than last year
A couple of weeks ago, the average wholesale price of potatoes, both fresh and old, fell below last year's levels.
This was revealed by an operational analysis from the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (MAFG) on the market conditions for certain basic crops. Declines have also been reported for other fruits and vegetables, ranging from 6% to 13% compared to the previous week and from 8% to 20% on an annual basis.
Only greenhouse tomato prices have increased, having grown by 5.7% compared to the previous week and by 2.5% compared to the annual average.
"At the same time, the potato production has fallen by 13.4% on an annual basis, and that of tomatoes has been reduced by 40.3%. For potatoes, this is due to the reduction of the harvested acreage, and for tomatoes, to the lower average yields so far," said the analysis.
According to operational data, the pepper production has been 87.1% greater than one year ago, due to a combination of earlier harvesting in the current season and an increase in average yields per hectare.
The harvest of all perennial and essential oil crops is comparable to that of the same period last year. The most noticeable growth is that of apricots, cherries and peaches, up by 3 to 12 times. Strawberries, raspberries and cherries recorded more moderate growth (10% to 64%).
Publication date: 7/11/2018
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