Since the start of the winter period, the price of tomatoes has risen to 9 yuan/kg. In December 2021, the price reached a maximum of 10.34 yuan/kg, which is the highest price of the year. Overall, the price is much higher than that in the same period in 2020.
Why is the price of tomatoes rising?
According to the pattern of previous years, the price of tomatoes rises to the year's high point at the end of October and during the Chinese New Year. This is mainly related to the timing of tomatoes coming into the market. Special weather conditions push up the price as well.
As early as September to October, the northern production area of tomatoes suffered from cold weather, heavy rain, and heavy snow, etc. This has affected the pollination of tomatoes during the planting process. The seedlings were flooded and the greenhouses were crushed by snow later, which eventually affected the yield of tomatoes and tightened the supply.
Cheap tomatoes are expected after the Spring Festival
China is a major producer of tomatoes, with 65.15 million tons produced in 2020, making 1/3 of global production, and it ranks the first in the world. China also has the largest tomato cultivation area in the world. Tomatoes are grown in many provinces and have become an important sector of China's vegetable industry. Tomatoes from various production areas are listed in turn to meet the market demand at different times.
Sorted by color, Chinese tomatoes can be divided into two categories, pink and red. The pink tomato has a gritty taste and it is mainly planted in the north. The red tomato has a hard texture and is mainly planted in the south. In 2020, the tomato price was sluggish, and the sales were slow, resulting in a decrease in the cultivation area in regions such as Yunnan and Sichuan in 2021. The supply of tomatoes in these production areas declined.
However, it is expected that tomatoes produced in the north will come on the market intensively after the Spring Festival. If you want to get cheap tomatoes, you'll probably have to wait until after the Spring Festival.
Source: Kang Lai Fu Agriculture Group