The drought raises the prices on vegetables

Fruits and vegetablesFruits and vegetables.Photo: Gorm Kallestad / NTB scanpix

The price of vegetables are between 10 and 15 percent higher this year than last year. The drought is the cause.


“It’s a difficult year that we are in now, the volume of crops will be lower from producers, and the prices will be higher,” says Coop, Atle Olsen, chief of fruit and vegetables, to Finansavisen.

He estimates that total prices for vegetables are between 10 and 15 percent higher than last year.

According to statistics from the Green Producers’ Cooperation Council, cucumber farmers received NOK 7.90 per cucumber in week 30 of this year, while they received 5.90 kroner in the same week last year. This is an increase of 34 percent.

Morten Andersen in Green Producers’ Cooperation Council says that the low volume has a natural explanation.

“There is huge waste due to the drought,” he says.

He adds that the heat also makes people buy less “heavier” vegetables like potato, cauliflower and broccoli.

According to the Nation, it is apparent that the crops of vegetable farmers have halved this year.

Forecasts that the county governors have gathered, which has been processed by the Danish Agricultural Directorate, show that vegetable farmers this year are likely to apply for more than 12 million kroner in crop injury compensation.

Potato farmers will probably apply for 23 million kroner, fruit farmers will apply for around 6 million kroner, and berry farmers will apply for just over 19 million kroner.


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