In the first decade of August, the increase in wholesale prices for plums outlined in the second half of July continued on the Moldovan market. At the same time, there is price polarization taking place: plums for the domestic market are still sold at no more than 10-11 MDL/kg ($ 0.56-0.61/kg) and plums for exports have risen to 14-15 MDL/kg ($ 0 ,78-0.84/kg).
Traders claim that this alignment is natural. Stagnation, and in some cases a decrease in wholesale prices for plums in the urban markets of the country is associated with a decreasing demand for relatively expensive fruit and vegetables during summer holidays (outflow of the population). In addition, the consequences of precipitation and hail at the turn of July and August have their impact. Partially, the quality of products on the domestic market has lowered.
Meanwhile, according to the operators of the Moldovan fruit and vegetable market, the export flow is gradually growing. In particular, exports of Moldovan plums of the Petestianka variety demanded on the Romanian market, have started to Romania. This year, the harvest of this variety is low both in Romania and Moldova, which explains the rise in their prices.
It should be noted that at the beginning of August 2021, wholesale prices for plums are one and a half to two times higher than in the same period last year.
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