According to data collected by the agricultural organization COAG, the prices paid at origin for Spanish onions during the month of April fell by up to 68% compared to those received in March. According to their figures, last month the growers received 7 cents per kilo for their onions (compared to 22 cents a month earlier), while in stores the retail price was up to 18 times higher than what the growers were receiving, reaching 1.29 Euro (10 cents cheaper than in March).
Sources from COAG said that Spanish onions "lack marketing options" at this time, as large stores are mostly selling the productions from other countries. In their opinion, this is what has caused this sharp drop in prices.
The Index of Food Prices at Origin and Destination (IPOD) released this Tuesday by the organization reveals that, on average, the price at retail outlets was 4.9 times greater than that received by producers in April.
The largest decreases in the price paid to producers compared to March were recorded by onions, cucumbers (-50%) and strawberries (-18%), in contrast to the sharp rise of red peppers (+72%) and lemons (+ 25%).