Potatoes in retail, according to the Federal State Statistics Service, rose 1,5 percent in March. The same situation was observed in February. However, there is no reason for the increase in retail prices, since wholesale prices for potatoes are declining, said Alexei Krasilnikov, executive director of the Potato Union, to RG.
“Last year, in early February, the wholesale price of potatoes rose one ruble to 17 rubles per kilogram and remained in this range until May. This year, on the contrary, the price dropped from 13 rubles per kilogram in early February to 10 rubles in late March, ”the expert says.
Wholesale prices now generally range from 9 to 12 rubles per kilogram. In some regions of the country - in the Urals, in Siberia, the cost of potatoes fell even to 4-5 rubles per kilogram.
Of course, there are regions where prices are rising, for example, in the Vladimir, Kurgan and Krasnodar Territories, he adds. But in general, compared with last year, potatoes fell in price from 25 to 40 percent. So that is not the reason for the rise in retail prices. Usually in winter and spring, an increase in import prices, which are more expensive than domestic products, also contributes to the increase in store prices. However, this year, imports, on the contrary, are falling. If in March last year, 80 thousand tons of tubers were imported from Egypt to Egypt, then this is only 15 thousand tons.
“The volume of imports from Egypt decreased almost ten times. Most likely, this is due to the fact that Europe is experiencing a shortage of potatoes due to the drought, and the Egyptian goods went there, ”Krasilnikov notes. It turns out that retail is pursuing its own price policy.
“It is possible that speculative trends associated with the ongoing Lent are appearing in retail,” the expert noted.
In May, the first deliveries of Russian potatoes of fresh harvest from the southern regions are expected, he added. Domestic goods will even more squeeze imports.
A source: https://rg.ru