Prices for round red tomato in Uzbekistan remain record high. If in July and August the average wholesale prices were 2 times higher than last year’s levels, then over the past month this gap has increased even more. In September 2022, the price for red round tomatoes increased by 1.6 times, and during this month, the average wholesale prices were 2.5-3 times higher than in the same period last year, EastFruit analysts say .
According to EastFruit price monitoring , from September 2 to September 30, 2022, the average wholesale price for a red round tomato in Uzbekistan increased from 7,000 to 11,000 sum/kg ($0.64 to $1.00), i.e. by 57%. At the same time, during September 2022, the average wholesale prices for these products were 2-2.9 times higher than the levels recorded in the same month last year. As of September 30, 2022, current wholesale prices were 2.4 times higher than the same date in 2021.
Earlier , EastFruit wrote about a significant reduction in the supply of tomatoes on the domestic market of Uzbekistan in the summer of 2022 due to abnormally hot weather in the region, which led to a twofold increase in wholesale prices. According to EastFruit analysts, the supply of red round tomatos on the domestic market of Uzbekistan remained very limited throughout September 2022, and demand from external markets served as an additional factor in the sharp increase in prices. According to preliminary official statistics, in September 2022, Uzbekistan exported 2,000 tons of fresh tomatoes, which is 1.5 times more than in the same period in 2021.
It is worth noting that the current wholesale prices for red round tomatos in Uzbekistan are record high for this time of the year, at least for the last few years. As of the end of September 2022, the average wholesale prices were 4.4 times higher than at the same date in 2020 and more than 3 times higher than the price level at the same date in 2019.
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