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China: Zucchini prices rise sharply

Recently, the price of zucchinis at the Xinfadi Market has risen sharply. Currently, zucchini supplies at the market mainly come from Langfang and Baoding near Beijing, Wuqing in Tianjin, Chengde in Hebei, and Zhangjiakou. Zucchini from Yingxian, Shanxi also became available at the market this week. Zucchini from Shouguang in Shandong that was available earlier has completely left the market, and will only be available again in September.

The rise in the zucchini prices this week is brought by the fact that new season crop from Yingxian County of Shanxi Province has become available, fetching higher prices due to their higher quality compared with other production areas. Currently, there are two zucchini varieties sold at the market, one is huahulu, whose size is larger. This variety becomes available each year in June, and the supply lasts through September. It has not yet become available in large volumes. Another variety is youhulu, which is smaller in size. The price of huahulu is lower, and the price of youhulu is higher. The youhulu supplies from Shanxi became available this week, whose quality is considerably better than other places of origin, therefore fetching higher prices. After large volumes of products from Zhangjiakou, Chengde and Xi'an in Shaanxi become available later on, the price is expected to drop.

In recent years, especially in 2017, the price of zucchini stayed low. In the spring of 2017, the price of zucchini from Yunnan and Guangxi was very low, only 1.2-1.8 yuan/kg, also affecting zucchini from Hebei and Shandong. Since then, there has been a significant reduction in plantings. During the same period of last year, only zucchini from Shandong was marketed, with no supplies from other production areas available.

Source: Today's Headlines

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