The average wholesale price for last year’s potatoes on the Moldovan market has increased from $0.32/kg to $0.37/kg over the past two weeks. The price in the same period last year was lower by 45-50%.
Players in the country’s fruit and vegetable market claim that the dynamic growth in prices for last year’s potatoes in May, which is especially noticeable given price stagnation in most of April, is due to two main reasons.
The first is a tangible reduction in the market supply of 2021 crop potatoes, especially those of acceptable quality. The potato trade has shifted from open city markets to supermarkets that offer washed potatoes in high-quality consumer packaging, but at a rather high retail price of 14-17 MDL/kg ($0.74-0.95/kg).
The second reason for the price rise is negative forecasts for the harvest of early potatoes from open field plantations. According to the weather reports, it will become warmer in Moldova in the near future.