The intense cold in Uruguay hasn't had an impact on the country's horticultural field production so far. The crops have been developing well and maintain their quality. Thus, producers don't expect a decrease in supply or prices to skyrocket, stated Erick Rolando, the president of the Uruguayan Farming Confederation. All fruits –except for citrus– have been harvested and citrus production will be normal with prices according to the season.
According to sources from the Administrative Commission of the Model Market (CAMM), the drought has mainly affected the southern part of the country and the production of citrus in Uruguay is especially concentrated on the northern coast, in Paysandu and Salto. Thus, of the three most important citrus fruits in the country (orange, mandarins, and lemon), only lemon was affected because a high percentage of its production takes place in the south. The supply of citrus is at normal levels: with good quality, supply, and normal prices.
Regarding vegetables, Rolando said that the production of winter horticultural crops, such as onion and garlic, was coming at a good pace. Some leafy crops had some problems due to the storms, but producers solved these issues quickly so they wouldn't affect the market's supply.
He also stated that the supply of tomato and bell pepper was developing well.
New smart list
On Tuesday the 14th, the Ministry of Livestock, Agriculture, and Fisheries (MGAP) and the Model Market updated the Smart List with a selection of 9 rich, fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables that are at their best consumption moment due to their flavor, nutritional value, and price.
The basket is a source of inspiration. It lets consumers know which are the best fruits and vegetables in season and offers ideas on how to use them to make healthy meals that enrich the diet while saving money.