Poland: 15% increase on apple prices in domestic market

According to analysts of BGZ, apple prices in the Polish domestic market in February increased by 15%. Seasonal vegetable prices have also increased, especially those whose export volumes to Russia were low in previous years.

According to the monitoring report of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the average price per kilo for apples in the first week of March reached 0.84 zł/kg* and was about 20% higher than in the previous month. Prices, compared to the previous two years, were marked by greater stability. 

It is worth noting that this increase is slightly less significant than that observed last year (+16%), but definitely greater than that of two years ago (+2%).

Price increases may be surprising in the context of a much larger supply of apples, both in the domestic and the European markets, but they can be largely explained by seasonal factors and also the strong increase in demand in foreign markets, especially by countries such as Belarus, Serbia and Moldova. 

In any case, the price of apples in the domestic market is still significantly lower than last year. The average price paid for apples, as reported by the Ministry in early March, is about 39% lower than last year.

When it comes to vegetables, prices in the domestic market have also seasonally increased, mostly for vegetables with a small share of exports to Russia in previous seasons, such as carrots and onions. Data from the Ministry show that their prices in early March stood at 0.86 and 0.49 zł/kg, respectively, and were 14.7 and 4.2% higher than in the previous month. In the case of onions, prices were still significantly lower than last year (-58%), while the price of carrots in the first week of March exceeded that of which was registered last year, by 13.1%.

When it comes to white cabbage, prices have increased compared to January this year due to increasing demand in the Eastern markets. In early March, it reached 0.60 zł/kg; about 5% more than in the same month last year.

* 1 zloty = 0.24 Euro/0.26 $ 

Source: farmer.pl

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