Over the past two months, vegetable prices in Russia have risen sharply, as reported by Rosstat on March 10. Onions rose in price by 34%, tomatoes – by more than 15%, cucumbers – by 7%. At the same time, in some places, onions became more expensive than meat, and 400-500 rubles were asked for a kilogram of cucumbers. Analyst Daniil Kashin explained that the reason for the rise in prices is crop failure in many regions of the world, as well as problems with equipment for greenhouses at Russian enterprises.
How have the prices of vegetables risen?
Traditionally, in the middle of winter, vegetables become more expensive, but this time the prices have jumped significantly. And this is not just the usual seasonal rise in price. For example, in Rostov-on-Don, imported cucumbers increased in price to 800 rubles per kilo. In some regions, the price tag was even lifted up for 1300 rubles.
According to the latest data from Rosstat, in 73 regions of Russia, the price increase for onions was 20% – 71.5%. In places, the price per kilogram now costs 100 rubles. Tomatoes in 19 regions increased in price by 20 – 36%.
Why are vegetable prices on the rise?
Analyst Kashin, in an interview with Evening Moscow, explained the increase in the price of vegetables by the fact that Russia has problems with equipment for greenhouses. According to the expert, it is in 85% of cases of foreign production, and our country is under sanctions.
Another reason is crop failure. A similar situation is now observed in the European Union, Africa, Azerbaijan, Turkey and other countries. For example, in the Philippines, the price of onions exceeded the cost of meat. The kilogram has risen in price eight times. And all because of typhoons, which destroyed a lot of local crops.
When vegetable prices go down
According to the expert, in the near future the cost of vegetables will go down, as the harvest season will begin.
“Supplies from countries that currently have problems will be redirected to other points,” Kashin explained.
How to replace expensive vegetables
The rise in prices for vegetables and fruits is not at all a reason to refuse such products, because our body needs them.
According to nutritionist Oksana Kovylkina, instead of the usual salad of cucumbers and tomatoes, you can cook a dish of cabbage, beets, carrots, radishes, radishes, sweet peppers.
Do not forget about frozen vegetables, fruits and berries. Usually in the store they sell cauliflower, broccoli, green peas, corn, and green beans in this form. They can be mixed with cereals, make salads and desserts, the specialist added in an interview with RIAMO.
But with frozen foods you need to be careful. Not all of them are safe for health. The Swedish nutritionist Signe Swanfeldt previously spoke about the most harmful.