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W15 Tomato Update: Global Demand Spurs 3% Increase in Turkmenistan's Tomato Exports, and Turkish Price Surge Pushes Ukrainian Tomato Market Up 11%

Fresh Tomato
United States
Published Apr 18, 2024
In W15 in the tomato landscape, Turkmenistan's tomato exports grew by 3% in Q1-24, driven by global demand. Meanwhile, the Ukrainian tomato market experienced an average 11% increase in imported tomato prices due to Turkey's escalating prices. Furthermore, the Florida Tomato Exchange has requested the termination of the US-Mexico tomato agreement. Lastly, Chinese researchers have discovered a high-yielding mechanism for tomatoes.

Turkmenistan's Tomato Exports Surge 3% in Q1-24 Amid Global Demand Growth

In Q1-24, Turkmenistan's tomato exports grew by 3%, highlighting a rising global demand for its agricultural products. Major importers include the Russian Federation, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyz Republic, with Kazakhstan seeing a notable 20% increase in imports. From 2020 to 2023, Turkmenistan's tomato exports have surged by 239%. Russia and Kazakhstan are the leading export destinations, comprising 57% and 28% of the total exports, respectively.

Ukrainian Tomato Market Sees 11% Price Surge Due to Turkish Imports

The Ukrainian market has seen an average 11% increase in imported tomato prices due to a shortage in tomato availability and escalating prices in Turkey. The current prices range from USD 2.15 per kilogram (kg) to USD 2.56/kg (UAH 84/kg to UAH 100/kg). Turkish imports continue to lead the Ukrainian market, with domestic greenhouse operations yet to begin their harvesting season. Ukraine's current pricing for greenhouse tomatoes is approximately 50% higher than in 2023. Market experts predict a potential stabilization or pause in the latter half of the month, with most Ukrainian greenhouses introducing fresh tomatoes.

Florida Tomato Exchange Calls for Termination of US-Mexico Tomato Agreement

The Florida Tomato Exchange (FTE) has requested the termination of the Tomato Suspension Agreement with Mexico, arguing that it suppresses the United States (US) tomato grower prices, mainly focusing on Roma tomatoes. While industry stakeholders, including NatureSweet, Texas International Produce Association, Mastronardi, and Fresh Produce Association of America (FPAA), defend the agreement, highlighting its role in stabilizing US tomato prices and ensuring supply, data from the US Department of Homeland Security and USDA contradicts FTE's claims.

Chinese Study Unveils High-Yielding Mechanism for Tomatoes

Chinese researchers have discovered the mechanism for self-pollination in cultivated tomatoes, providing insights for increasing tomato yield. They found that tomatoes can alter the structure of floral organs by regulating the development of trichomes, enhancing their fruiting rates. The researchers identified a set of homeodomain-leucine zipper (HD-ZIP) genes that regulate the formation of these trichomes and the length of the female style, allowing coordinated development of a self-pollinating reproductive structure. This research is crucial in crop modification for humanity, as it ensures the inheritance of excellent traits.

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