In February 2019, fruit and vegetable products became the leader in price increases in Uzbekistan. This led to a general increase in inflation in the consumer sector at 1.6 percent. In the last month of winter, food prices rose by 2 percent compared to January. Fruits and vegetables' cost increased by 4 percent. In particular, tomatoes added 12.5 percent, cucumbers - 9.5 percent, watermelons - 7.1 percent, melons - 6 percent, pears and grapes - 5.5 percent, apples - 3.1 percent.
The State Statistics Committee placed public catering at the second position, the cost of which increased on average by 3.3 percent. Dairy products are in the third place.
Among the foodstuffs, in annual terms, rice rose in price most of all - by 56.2 percent. Moreover, among the drivers of inflation are bread products (28.3 percent), meat (19.5 percent), catering (18.7 percent) and dairy products (15.6 percent).