Wholesale lots of apples from Ukraine and Moldova have become available on the Tajik market. They are being sold successfully, despite the relatively high price and oversupply of local apples. Still, it is strange that expensive imported apples are in demand, while domestic goods are barely selling.
According to Bakhtiyor Abduvokhidov, consultant of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), local and imported apples are sold in different segments. “Supermarket buyers prefer imported apples because of their higher quality parameters: apples are large, calibrated in size and color, they look beautiful and are well stored, reducing the risks of the supermarket,” the expert explains.
According to Abduvokhidov, apples from Moldova are sold in bulk at 22 TJS/kg (about $1.95/kg), while Ukrainian apples cost 19 TJS ($1.69). There are Golden Delicious apples from Moldova and red apples from Ukraine on the market. At the same time, local Tajik apples of more or less good quality are sold 2.5 times cheaper – at 8 TJS ($0.71), and low-quality apples – at 3-4 TJS/kg in bulk ($0.26-$0.36).