The crisis in Spain takes its toll on fruit and vegetable prices

The prices at origin of Spanish fruit and vegetable products, published in the latest weekly register of national prices at origin of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPA) corresponding to week 12, (from March 16 to 22), reflect the impact of the coronavirus crisis on prices.

According to the report, the most remarkable is the price of bananas, which "has plummeted to a minimum" (13.87 cents / kg) in a "context of insecurity" due to the health crisis. On top of this, "the supply exceeds the demand by far." In this last week, the price of bananas has dropped by 9.5%. When the season started, the price stood at 33.57 cents / kg.

The most spectacular weekly rise was recorded by zucchinis (85.84 cent / kg, +153.59% compared to week 11), followed by aubergines (50.09 cent / kg, +56.42%); potatoes (33.39 cent / kg, +17.5%); carrots (26.73 cent / kg, +17.39%) and cauliflower (47.40 cent / kg, +16.18%).

During the first twelve weeks of 2020, the price at origin of round tomatoes has also stood out, having gone from 54.29 to 73.30 cent / kg, while the price of green bell peppers has increased from 74.58 to the 112.70 cent / kg, having reached a maximum in week 11, with 134.53 cent / kg.

The prices of oranges (29.82 cent / kg, +4.67% compared to week 11) and lemons (40.03 cent / kg, +4%) have also increased.

The most pronounced price drops have been those of green beans (76.57 cents / kg, -24.68% compared to week 11); cucumbers (31.49 cent / kg, -18.44%) and flat green beans (181.14 cent / kg, -16.94%).

The price of strawberries, with the season in full swing, stood at 104.50 cent / kg in week 12, which is 11.44% lower than the average of the previous seven days.



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