Chinese tomato market may be lower than last year during Chinese New Year

Tomato and chilli, two everyday vegetables in China, are seeing a big difference in their market prices. Compared with the farm gate prices of 3-6 yuan per half a kilo that chillies are fetching, the price of tomatoes is a lot lower. Since December 2020, the tomato market has been weak, staying below 2 yuan half a kilo. At present, products on the market are mainly from Shandong. The purchase price of premium products is 1.7-1.8 yuan per half a kilo, that of ordinary grades is 1.5-1.6 yuan, and that of lower-quality products is 1.2-1.3 yuan. The wholesale price is 0.2 or 0.3 yuan per half a kilo higher than the farm gate price. In the same period last year, the purchase price was 3.5-3.6 yuan per half a kilo - even the lowest was still 2.5-2.6 yuan.

It is reported that the weak tomato market is the result of the heavily expanded planted area this year due to good prices in the past years. In the winter of 2020, Baoshan, Xishuangbanna, and Yuanmou in Yunan, as well as Panzhihua in Sichuan all carried out different degrees of expansion in planting, and there is also widespread planting expansion of greenhouse tomatoes in northern areas. Sufficient supply has allowed the price to remain stable even under a wave of cold snaps. In addition to the expansions, the taste and quality of tomatoes in some areas also seem to have a certain impact on prices. This is related to varieties and planting habits.

On the whole, due to good incomes tomatoes brought in the past years and the increased enthusiasm of growers in planting, this year's planted area has expanded and the supply has increased, affecting the tomato market. Many growers are worried about the development of the market during the Spring Festival, as it is reported that products in many areas are not yet on the market in large volumes. In general, the supply is sufficient, and prices around the Spring Festival are expected to be lower than the same period last year.

Source: Chinese Vegetables

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