Record rainfall in mid-August has triggered a surge in prices of leafy and summer vegetables, including cucumbers and eggplants, grown in southwest Japan's Kyushu region. Until around July, vegetables prices were lower than in a normal year, but supply dropped following the heavy rains that fell for around a week, which caused poor yields and other problems. It appears the prices of some products will remain high for the time being.
The lack of sunlight caused by torrential rains, affecting cultivation among Kyushu-grown products, has had a huge effect on the poor vegetable market supply. Stocks of eggplants, cucumbers, and tomatoes grown in Kumamoto, Saga, Oita and Fukuoka prefectures are down to 50 to 70% of levels seen in a normal year. The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries' Kyushu Regional Agricultural Administration Office says it expects September wholesale prices of eight products including eggplants, tomatoes and green peppers to surpass August ones.