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Market Report Austria KW 33/2019:

'Rising potato offer, onion prices a bit weaker'

In mid-August, the Austrian potato market is largely unchanged from the previous weeks. The precipitation in recent days has improved the conditions for the regional harvest, but this does not change much about the basic situation of the rather weak but regionally very different yields per hectare of the new varieties and later varieties, as well as the high proportion of smaller sized goods. Although the available quantities have increased due to the harvest, it is not possible to speak of supply pressure. Even qualitatively, the problems are still manageable. Isolated cases of increased wireworm infestations are reported.

The domestic market is still very quiet due to holidays. With the end of the holiday season approaching and the forecast cooler temperatures, sales should pick up again in the coming weeks. The producer prices in Lower Austria and Burgenland at the beginning of the week are usually at €30 to 32 per 100kg. For ferm cooking varieties, still up to €37 per 100kg is being paid. From Upper Austria, prices of €34 per 100kg were reported.

Onion prices slightly weaker
The Austrian onion market is almost balanced in the current week. The marketing of the remaining stocks of winter onions is quiet but steady. Priority will be given to the domestic market, but manageable quantities can also be sold on the export market - the changeover to the summer goods will be somewhat delayed due to weather conditions. This is likely to be below average this year, with a scarce availability is expected especially in large-sized goods. Producer prices were slightly down. At the beginning of the week, depending on the quality, between €23 and 28 per 100kg was being paid.

Carrot market stable
The Lower Austrian Carrot Market remains characterized by a calm development. The domestic demand can be covered well with the available supply. Producer prices are stable at the previous week's level.

Source: LKÖ

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