Cold and logistics difficulties cause vegetable price hike in major Chinese cities

Prices of fresh produce have seen fluctuations in China's major cities, as cold weather has hit supplies and tighter COVID-19 containment measures have lifted logistics costs.  A vegetable vendor at a wet market in Shanghai told the Global Times that the vegetables are more expensive than in the same period last year, and the price has risen a lot in the past few weeks.

"The Chinese cabbages are now at 2.5 yuan per half kilogram, up from 2 yuan in last week. And the price for greens has more than doubled to 6 yuan per half kilogram, up from 2.5 yuan at the end of last year," said the vendor.

In Beijing, prices of vegetables such as chili peppers have almost doubled, according to fresh produce suppliers, and prices of potatoes have also risen recently.

Li Xiangli, a manager at Jiacheng farmers' cooperative in Changli, Hebei Province told the Global Times that for each batch of vegetables supplied to Beijing, the cost of logistics has risen more than 30 percent.

In the neighboring cities around Beijing that supply the city's vegetables, local commerce and agricultural departments have been issuing instructions to farmers to ensure ample supply of fresh produce to Beijing at reasonable prices.

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