The prices of some fruits and vegetables in North Korea have recently nearly doubled compared to year’s prices. Prices are reportedly climbing as production plummets due to the scorching heat and poor pest control. A source in South Pyongan Province stated on Wednesday that a kilogram of spinach that used to cost KPW 500 in Pyongsong’s Okjon Market recently climbed to over KPW 1,000. “The price of cabbage, which used to cost KPW 900, is also climbing every day,” he said.
He said peaches are KPW 9,000 each, apricots KPW 12,000 each and plums KPW 11,000 a kilogram, about twice what they were at the same time last year.
“With good rains in spring, we got decent harvests of spinach, spring cabbage and eggplant, cucumbers, chili peppers, pumpkins and lettuce, so the prices were OK,” he said. “Recently, however, you can hardly find cucumbers, eggplant or chili peppers, and sellers can name their price.”
According to dailynk.com, climbing fruit and vegetable prices in North Korea are directly attributable to falling harvests due to unusual weather such as heatwaves, droughts and floods.