Weekly update on fruit and vegetable markets

  • Weekly prices for fruits rebounded strongly while those for vegetables extended recent gains on moderation in supplies and improved uptake across markets. The yearly price trend continued to show increases for the vegetable market while the fruits declined across most commodities under review.
  • In this week’s update, water levels in South Africa’s dams dropped further by 0.6 percentage points (ppts) week-on-week (w/w) at 66.6% full versus 67.2% last year this time. This is however expected given that the summer rains are yet to begin in earnest. The situation in the Western Cape (WC) is particularly worrying for the agriculture sector particularly for the production of vegetables and fruits. While WC dams are gradually improving, the levels are still critically low to warrant the easing of restrictions on water use for both household and agriculture. WC dam levels increased by 1.6 ppts w/w at 35.3% full during the week ended 11 September 2017, which is however still far below last year’s 61.9%. Dam levels in the non-winter rainfall areas eased marginally w/w to 18.7% full versus 45.7% last year, while the winter rainfall areas posted slight gains of 1.9 ppts w/w at 38.1% full versus 64.6% last year.

     

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