W37: Tomato Update

In W37 in the tomato landscape, tomato prices dropped significantly in major markets in India due to oversupply, decreasing from nearly USD 96.32 per 100 kilograms (INR 8000/100 kg to (USD 2.41/100 kg to USD 3.61/100 kg (INR 200/100 kg to INR 300/100 kg). This price volatility affects both consumers and growers every alternate season. In Jul-23, average retail tomato prices tripled from around USD 0.36/kg (INR 30/kg) in Jun-23 to USD 1.31/kg (INR 109/kg), leading to a 7.44% increase in consumer inflation. Retail inflation slowed to 6.83% in Aug-23 due to easing vegetable prices. The minimum wholesale rate of tomatoes in Pune was USD 2.41/100kg (INR 200/100kg) on September 12, while in Mumbai, farmers were selling tomatoes for USD 9.63/100kg (INR 800/100kg).

In Aug-23, the average price of tomatoes in the European Union (EU) decreased, although it remained relatively high. On average, tomato prices stood at USD 1.51/kg (EUR 1.42/kg) during this period. Notably, cherry and specialty tomatoes stood out in the European Commission's tomato dashboard for Aug-23. In the Netherlands, the prices for these tomatoes were over 200% higher than the five-year average. Additionally, vine tomatoes and loose, round tomatoes in the Netherlands commanded prices over 78% and 65% higher than the five-year average, respectively.

Farmers in the village of Sheptelych, Soroca district, Moldova, are currently in the middle of tomato harvesting, yielding nearly 20 tons per hectare (ha) each day. However, farmers face challenges in selling their produce due to low prices and a limited market. A significant portion of the tomatoes are sold for juice production at lower prices, while the remaining stock is sent for processing at a plant. These farmers believe that with access to irrigation, they could enhance the quality of their products and potentially tap into foreign markets. Currently, tomatoes are grown in open fields without irrigation, and the farmers are actively seeking ways to improve their products and expand their market reach.

In Russia, the Primorsky Interregional Department of Rosselkhoznadzor has halted the import of tomatoes and peppers from China due to the detection of an EAEU-quarantined object. The Office of Rosselkhoznadzor at the phytosanitary control post "Pogranichny" conducted tests on samples of vegetables during state control over batches of imported products. A test report from Primorsky International Airport detected the Tomato brown rugose fruit virus in a batch of 4.4 tons of tomatoes from China. The Primorsky branch of the Federal State Budgetary Institution "VNIIKR" also detected the virus in a batch of 2.4 tons of fresh peppers. 

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