Tomatoes are one of the daily necessities in most Chinese kitchens and they have a high nutritional value. Tomato production areas are widely distributed across China. While the price of tomatoes is normally relatively cheap, the price recently went up because transport from production areas became problematic after the outbreak of COVID-19.
According to some farmers, the high price of tomatoes is mainly due to a reduction in production volume. The production volume in Inner Mongolia declined by 40%-50%, while the production volume in Shandong decreased by 30%. The main reason for this decline in production is plant disease.
The tomato price is expected to remain high until the holiday period around May 1st. The outbreak of COVID-19 is already brought under control in China and tomato supply is speeding up again. The new tomato plants are also promising. The price is expected to come down and stabilize. The overall surface area devoted to tomato plantation is not small and the price would not have been this high if it was not for widespread plant disease.
Source: Vegetable Patch [Shucai Juan]