The price of Chinese cucumbers has reached its highest position in the last few years. The overall production volume was relatively small this year but the main reason for the rising prices was an insufficient supply. Cucumbers from Liaocheng in Shandong occupied a large portion of the Chinese cucumber market. However, because the cucumber industry is insufficient and many farmers lack plantation experience, many people decided to plant other vegetables.
Cucumber production areas in Shouguang, Shandong, suffered from a typhoon in August. Some seedlings died as a result of excessive rainfall and farmers had to plant additional seedlings. This development delayed the entry of cucumbers on the market this year. Furthermore, the cold and rainy weather in Shouguang slowed down the growth of large cucumbers. As a result, the overall production volume declined.
Price analysts explain that large cucumbers have not yet entered the market in large volumes, which means that supply does not meet demand, and the price is rising as a result of this development. Furthermore, the cucumber market showed signs of depression in the first half of this year, so many farmers reduced the overall surface area devoted to cucumber plantation. Finally, poor weather conditions also reduced the production volume, which pushed the price to rise even higher.
Source: CCTV Finance and Economics