After continued increases in the prices of fruits and vegetables in January, the first week of February was marked by a slight stabilization, as the wholesale prices of basic foodstuffs have remained stable. This was revealed by an analysis of wholesale prices carried out by the State Commission on Commodity Exchanges and Markets (CEWMSC) for the period from 30 January to 3 February 2017.
Weekly fluctuations in the prices of most major food commodities have remained in the range of ± 2-3%. During the week, for example, a slight 1.5-2% increase has been observed in the price of beans, while the prices of flour and oil have fallen a little.
The prices of fruits and vegetables have recorded mixed trends, but overall there have been no drastic price deviations in either direction.
For instance, there has been a 3-4% increase in the prices of kiwifruit and apples, while lemons and grapefruit have become slightly cheaper compared to the previous week, with a 3-5% drop.
As for vegetables, during the week at hand there was a slight decline in the price of greenhouse tomatoes and cucumbers, while there has been an uptrend in the prices of lettuce and turnips. Other vegetable prices stayed around the levels of the previous week.