According to the daily monitoring of the EastFruit project, the established warm weather contributed to an increase in the cucumber harvest in Ukrainian greenhouses. The growth in their supply on the market is forcing producers to revise prices for cucumbers downward.
Currently, Ukrainian greenhouse plants are forced to offer cucumbers at no more than 36-50 UAH/kg ($1.23-1.71/kg), while one week ago were sold at 40-70 UAH/kg ($1.37-2.39/kg) depending on the variety and region of production. Thus, cucumber prices in Ukrainian farms fell by an average of 20% over the weekend.
Producers are forced to reduce prices so sharply due to the increased supply on the market after a noticeable decrease in demand for cucumbers. According to producers, the establishment of warm weather in Ukraine has significantly accelerated the ripening of cucumbers in local greenhouses. In addition, pressure on the market intensified due to the increased supply of imported cucumbers produced in Poland, Romania and Serbia, offered for sale at 30-35 UAH/kg ($1.03-1.20/kg).
Despite the price reduction in the segment, greenhouse cucumbers are sold in Ukraine on average 3 times more expensive than in the same period last year.
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