China: Hot weather leads to hike in cucumber prices

Although autumn this year is supposed to begin on August 8th according to the traditional Chinese calendar, there are many areas in China still experiencing lasting hot weather. This has directly resulted in a shift in vegetable prices. Among the vegetables in question are cucumbers, which are often used as a refreshment in the summer. Recently, cucumber prices in many markets have risen or even doubled in some places.

Cucumbers sold in the Xinfadi Agricultural Product Wholesale Market are mainly from Liaoning. According to Xie Lei, a market analyst, cucumber prices increased by 30% in just over a week, the main reason being heavy rain in production areas. The rainfall has brought challenges in harvesting, packaging, transportation, and marketing this produce, and the available volumes at the Market have also dropped by about 20%. It is expected that prices will fall after the weather clears.

In terms of future pricing, some insiders believe that due to steady but slightly rising vegetable prices, cucumber prices have little room to fall in the near future. However, there are also some analysts who believe that cucumber prices will return to normal levels with the end of the high summer.

Source: Sannong China

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