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W7 Tomato Update: Russian Greenhouse Vegetable Production Increased, Ukrainian Tomato Prices Surge Amid Turkish Supply Shortage

Fresh Tomato
Published Feb 23, 2024
In W7 in the tomato landscape, Russian greenhouse vegetable production saw a modest 1.6% YoY increase, totaling 135 thousand mt by February 13. Tomatoes and cucumbers, the primary greenhouse-grown vegetables, increased by 1% YoY and 3.9% YoY, respectively. Leading regions in Russia for greenhouse vegetable production include Lipetsk, Moscow, Kaluga, and others. Russian government support measures were credited with facilitating growth in the sector. Meanwhile, greenhouse tomato prices in Ukraine surged due to limited domestic supply and high prices in Türkiye, the primary source of imports. Reaching USD 1.81-2.33/kg, this price increase reflects the off-season in Ukrainian production until mid-Mar-24

Russian Greenhouse Vegetable Production Experiences Modest Growth in 2024

Data from the Russian Ministry of Agriculture indicates a modest 1.6% year-on-year (YoY) increase in Russian greenhouse vegetable production during the period ending February 13, 2024, reaching 135 thousand metric tons (mt). Tomatoes and cucumbers are the most common greenhouse-grown vegetables in Russia, mirroring the overall trend, with production increasing by 1% YoY and 3.9% YoY, respectively, reaching 59.4 thousand mt and 73.4 thousand mt.

The leading regions in greenhouse vegetable production are Lipetsk, Moscow, Kaluga, Volgograd, Novosibirsk, Tyumen, Krasnodar, Stavropol, Karachay-Cherkessia, Chechnya, Bashkortostan, and Tatarstan. The Ministry of Agriculture highlighted a range of government support measures aimed at facilitating growth in the greenhouse sector, which may be contributing to the observed progress.

Ukrainian Greenhouse Tomato Prices Climb Amid Limited Supply and High Turkish Prices

The Ukrainian market for greenhouse tomatoes has witnessed a price increase, driven by a combination of limited domestic supply and high prices in the key export market of Türkiye. Importers in Ukraine have responded to the limited supply and high Turkish prices by raising their selling prices for imported tomatoes by 14% week-on-week (WoW) on average, reaching USD 1.81 to 2.33 per kilogram (kg). As of W7, Ukrainian greenhouse production is in its off-season, leading to a limited availability of domestically grown tomatoes until mid-Mar-24, this necessitates reliance on imports, primarily from Türkiye. Despite the price increase, demand for imported tomatoes is gradually weakening, indicating potential consumer resistance to higher prices. Prices for greenhouse tomatoes in Türkiye, the main source of imported tomatoes for Ukraine, have also increased significantly. Sellers attribute this rise to strong domestic demand within Türkiye itself.

While ranking nineteenth globally in 2022, Ukraine's tomato production has been significantly impacted by the ongoing conflict. Before the war, Ukraine ranked thirteenth with a production volume of 2.4 million metric tons (mmt) annually. Conversely, Türkiye's tomato exports in 2023 saw a substantial increase of 42.8%YoY, reaching USD 538.7 million. Ukraine is the second-largest recipient of Turkish tomato exports, highlighting its reliance on this source.

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