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China: Vegetable prices stable but slightly lower than last year

Many production areas in China experienced continuous rainfall for days. According to the Central Meteorological Bureau this change in weather conditions marks the official beginning of the wet season. South China in particular will see a lot of rain.

This is the time of year when vegetables enter the market in large volumes. The rainfall affects the production of vegetables, distribution, retail, and storage to various degrees. Even though this is the peak of vegetable production season, the rainfall has a negative effect on the production volume and the product quality of vegetables.

Yimutian market analyst Du Juan explained that the growing conditions for vegetables are generally quite good this summer. The overall market supply this year is better than last year. The supply of vegetables in north China is more abundant than in south China. There are two main reasons for this situation: first, the period of rain has not been that long yet. The weather is not as bad as the hot and moist summer last year when torrential rains damaged growing vegetables. The effect of current rainfall on production, harvest, and transport is not that big. Second, the new harvest of vegetables is only just beginning to supply the market. The weather is still quite suitable for vegetable production. The overall market supply is still sufficient. The changing weather conditions therefore have a limited effect on the price of vegetables.

Source: Sannong Zhongguo

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