For about ten days now, consumers in Uzbekistan have been buying ultra-early potatoes of the current year’s harvest from film greenhouses. The harvesting started on February 10-15, 2022 in the southern regions of the country. These potatoes were planted in November-December 2021.
EastFruit analysts draw attention to the rapid decline in prices for early potatoes. Ultra-early potatoes became available on February 21, 2022 in several stores of the Makro supermarket chain in the capital of Uzbekistan at a retail price of 23 000 UZS/kg ($2.1). Two days later, prices for early potatoes dropped to 20 000 UZS/kg ($1.8), i.e. by 13%, in the same chain.
On February 26, 2022, ultra-early potatoes became available in several stores of another supermarket chain in the capital of Uzbekistan, Korzinka, at a retail price of 16 000 UZS/kg ($1.5).
Thus, ultra-early potatoes in the capital of Uzbekistan fell in price from 23 000 to 16 000 UZS/kg (from $2.1 to $1.5), i.e. by 30%, within 5 days from the moment they appeared on the retail market – from February 21 to February 26, 2022.
Earlier, EastFruit wrote that, according to estimates of producers, the planting areas of ultra-early potatoes in November-December 2021 remained unchanged. Since no weather anomalies were observed in Uzbekistan in December 2021 – February 2022, the yield of ultra-early potatoes is expected to stay at the level of previous years. However, these potatoes play a minor role for the mass market, as they are sold at a higher price and in relatively
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