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Prices for cherry tomatoes in Uzbekistan hit record highs again

EastFruit analysts note record high prices for cherry tomatoes in Uzbekistan this season. Over the past two months, their average wholesale prices have doubled, and the current price levels are 7 times higher than in the same period in 2020 and almost 3 times higher than in 2019!

In mid-August, EastFruit wrote about a decrease in prices for cherry tomatoes by almost half – average wholesale prices fell from 32,000 UZS/kg ($3) to 17,000 UZS/kg ($1.6) from early June to mid-August. Despite this, as of August 15, 2021, they remained 60-90% higher than on the same date in 2019-2020.

Since then, prices for cherry tomatoes have doubled. From mid-August to October 7, 2021, the average wholesale prices increased from 17,000 UZS/kg ($1.6) to 35,000 UZS/kg ($3.3). Current prices are several times higher than those recorded on the same date in 2019-2020. For example, as of October 7, 2020, the average wholesale price for cherry tomatoes in Uzbekistan was 5,000 UZS/kg ($0.5), and on the same date in 2019 – 12,000 UZS/kg ($1.3). 

Currently, retail prices for cherry tomatoes in supermarkets in the capital of the republic range from 43,000 UZS/kg ($4.0) to 52,000 UZS/kg ($4.9), depending on the quality and caliber.

Among the countries where EastFruit carries out weekly monitoring of wholesale prices for more than 60 types of fruit and vegetable products, only in Russia the average prices for cherry tomatoes are higher – $4/kg. As of October 7, 2021, the lowest wholesale prices were noted in Belarus ($1/kg), Moldova ($1.1/kg) and Ukraine ($1.1/kg). Thus, the average wholesale prices for cherry tomatoes in Uzbekistan are 3 times higher than in Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine.

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