From the end of last week to the end of this week, wholesale prices for cucumbers in Moldova decreased by 25-50% to 6-8 MDL/kg ($ 0.33-0.45/kg). During this period of June 2020, cucumbers on the Moldovan market costed 11-14 MDL/kg ($ 0.62-0.79/kg). Moreover, their prices did not fall below the minimum level of 10 MDL/kg until the end of summer.
In a sense, the situation is unprecedented. Last weekend, the retail price for local field cucumbers (not sorted by size, but of good quality) in the Chisinau fruit and vegetable markets dropped to 5 MDL/kg, but the demand increased insignificantly and the supply clearly exceeded it. Farmers-vegetable growers massively complained about this in specialized groups in social networks, and the media responded to the problem by stating it as a fact. Apparently, the situation is unlikely to change in the coming days. There are rainfalls every day in the country, agricultural producers are forced to collect products every day in order to avoid spoilage and sell them for next to nothing. At the same time, imported cucumbers still prevail in many supermarket chains, their prices can be several times higher than in markets, but chain retailers are not trying to change it.
Several canning companies, through their procurement divisions, informed the farmers about their readiness to increase the purchase of cucumbers, but the price will directly depend on the quality, that is, the ability of farmers to ensure the sorting and delivery of products.
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