Last week, wholesale prices for greenhouse (short, spines) cucumbers increased by 3 lei/kg up to 26-28 lei/kg ($1.48-1.60/kg) after a month-long period of stagnation in Moldova. At the beginning of this week, the rising of prices for this vegetable slowed but continued. Horticulture market operators do not exclude that by the end of February the average wholesale price will exceed 30 lei/kg ($1.71/kg) making it equal to the level of prices for greenhouse cucumbers during the same period last year.
According to traders, the rise in prices for cucumbers is associated, firstly, with the devaluation of the Moldovan leu. Secondly, the price rise is from a slight decrease in its imports from Turkey, which during this period of the year is the main supplier of most vegetable products (except for root crops) to the Moldovan market.
Moldovan produce market operators predict that the prices for greenhouse cucumbers will be relatively high for at least another two or three weeks in March since during this period, like in winter, the Moldovan market completely depends on imports. Local production of greenhouse cucumbers has been declining dynamically over the past three to four years. This year, due to the cold weather, farmers have to go to a great expense in the process of heating greenhouses. In turn, production costs will be high. Importers of greenhouse products build their pricing by taking into account the price factor for a similar product of local production.
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