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China: Huaihua garlic more expensive than meat

Garlic is a vital ingredient for the preparation of good food. Since the latter half of this year, the garlic price has gradually been going up. This week, the garlic on a few vegetable markets in Huaihua appeared to be rising further to a historical new high. In the Huaihua city region, the price for 1 kg of white garlic is 22 RMB, the price for single-bulb garlic is around 26 RMB per kg. That means garlic has become more expensive than the pork meat on the same market. 

"There is no other way. We have a retail shop, so the price follows that of wholesale markets," says a retail shop owner on the marketplace with a helpless tone as he gives information about the 'garlic frenzy'. 

Currently, the garlic that is sold in the Huaihua city region is mainly big white garlic and single-bulb garlic. The average price isn't cheap. On the Yingfeng market, the prices for big white and single-bulb garlic are 11 RMB and 13 RMB respectively, on the market of Hutian Qiaoxia, that is 12 RMB and 14 RMB respectively. In the Jiahui supermarket, the prices are 10.98 and 12.98 RMB respectively.

According to a vendor on the Yingfeng market, the wholesale price for garlic has been high since last year. Although it has gone up and down a little, it is still rising as a whole. At present the wholesale price of big white garlic is between 16 RMB and 18 RMB, that of single-bulb garlic is at 20 RMB. For the Huaihua market, the garlic price has never been higher before. 

One vendor explains that the garlic price was at 10 RMB per kg during the same period last year. But by now, the garlic price has doubled and there are no indications that the price will go down again.

According to an analyst, Mr. Ouyang, department head of the Huaihua city's economic department, there are two reasons for the high garlic price. The first reason is that the production volume of garlic has declined steeply. The cause lies with a flood that occurred from the second until the fourth of July. The flood was a huge disaster in Chenxi, Mayang, Xupu, Hongjiang and other regions with agricultural production. A total surface of 12,345.3 hectares was struck by the disaster and created a loss of production of 160,700 tons of 

"The flood was followed by droughts from August until October, which further aggravated the situation," says Mr. Ouyang. The sowing season of garlic is from July to August. In September, the plants sprout and they go on the market in October. But only a small amount of garlic went on sale due to the flood and the droughts.

Mr. Ouyang also explaind that cultivators of garlic in other regions have made structural adjustments. Because the price of garlic was rather low in the last years, garlic cultivators from other regions have made the choice to cultivate other products. This is a standard habit of cultivators, you cultivate the products that fetch a high price. As a result, the garlic production experienced a decrease in production volume. This has led to the current high price of the garlic.

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