Potato prices in South Africa have gone up more than 20% over the past week due to a low supply. Limpopo continues to be affected by the frost damage that affected crops at the end of July. Last week, the average weekly price for the staple vegetable climbed by as much as 22% to R66,43 for a 10kg bag. The price is 7% higher than last year at the same time.
Last week, potatoes delivered to markets by farmers decreased sharply, by 14%. The recent frost in Limpopo is an added blow to the prices of potatoes which had already been on the rise. In June, prices for a 10kg bag soared by as much as 12% to R56.53, as the industry was still recovering from heavy rainfall in January and cold weather conditions in the northern parts of the country.
As reported on businessinsider.co.za¸ the rains came during a critical planting season. They simultaneously weighed on production, which resulted in weaker potato harvests in east and west Free State and some parts of the Northern Cape, all of which were the significant sources of potatoes at that time of year.