The cost of vegetables in Azerbaijan has risen in recent months. In Baku, a kilogram of tomatoes is often sold for more than 5 manats (~$2.9); a kilogram of potatoes or onions is 1.5 manats (~$0.9). Unlike the regions of the country, in Baku, the cost of vegetables in the markets mostly do not differ from the prices in supermarkets.
This is in spite of the country’s official statistics on the growth of agricultural production. In comparison with January-February 2022, for the same period of the current year, the production of plant products increased by 1.9 percent. However, a decline in tomato exports is reported.
Agricultural expert Vahid Maharramli noted that some agricultural products in Azerbaijan are not produced in sufficient quantities: “Cucumbers and tomatoes in Azerbaijan are produced twice as much as consumer demand. Thus, some of these products are exported. The cost of production has not risen much. In Türkiye, the price of a kilogram of tomatoes in terms of Azerbaijani manats costs 2-2.2 manats (about $1.2-1.3). But in Azerbaijan, they cost from 5 (about $2.9) to 5.5 manats (about $3.2).”