According to the latest weekly report on protected horticultural crops from the Andalusian Government's Prices and Markets Observatory, corresponding to week 6, cucumber and eggplant prices have increased, as their supply in the markets has been reduced.
Regarding cucumbers, the report says that the reduction in the supply of Almería-type cucumbers has led to a significant increase in the prices at origin in Andalusia (+57%), since numerous Almería-type cucumber plantations in the province of Granada have finished approximately 20 days earlier than in previous campaigns as a result of the damages caused by unfavorable weather conditions in January.
In the province of Almería, producers who have opted for a second spring crop have also withdrawn their cucumber plantations. Both decisions have contributed to a reduction in the supply and notable price increases.
In the German wholesale markets, the price of Almeria-type cucumbers has risen significantly this week. The Spanish product has cost between 1.95 and 2.23 Euro per kilo, depending on the size. The cucumbers from the Netherlands and Belgium have cost between 2.30 and 3.12 Euro per kilo.
As for long and striped eggplant, their price has increased by 14% and 13%, respectively, compared to the previous week. The withdrawal of the earliest eggplant plantations, approximately 10-20% of the total area, has contributed to a slight reduction in the supply this week.
In the German wholesale markets, Spanish eggplant dominates and is offered at a price similar to that of Italian eggplant (1.55 and 1.58 Euro / kg, respectively). The eggplant from the Netherlands (1.94 Euro / kg) and Belgium (2.15 Euro / kg) have reached higher prices.
As for peppers, one of the main products in Almería, the average price of the bell type has dropped by 4% compared to last week in Almería. The Lamuyo and Italian types, mostly intended for the domestic market, have seen their value drop by close to 11%. Green bell peppers have reached the highest price.
Lastly, when it comes to tomatoes, the plum and on-the-vine types have seen their price drop compared to the previous week (24% and 11% respectively). Long-life tomatoes record stable prices, and the ribbed and smooth ones have seen their value increase (by 20% and 11%, respectively).