Weekly update on Fruit & Vegetable Markets
- Last week saw strong gains in weekly vegetable prices under review largely due to a substantial decline in volumes across markets. The only exception was in the cabbage and lettuce markets which saw prices decreasing under pressure due to weak demand. Vegetable prices were down across most commodities relative to last year except for potatoes and onions.
- In the fruit market, the weekly trend was upwards across most commodities under review except for bananas and pears. The yearly price trend was however balanced with 50% of the commodities under review falling sharply relatively to last year. Weekly volumes of fruit sold were moderate to sharply lower across the board but still higher relative last year this time.
- South Africa’s dams recorded a marginal increase in the week ended 05 February 2018 due to rains in some areas. The weekly update from the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) showed a 0.8 percentage point (ppt) week-on-week (w/w) increase in dam levels to 59.6% compared to 55.5% last year.
- The Western Cape (WC) continues to face tight water supplies and so far, day zero has been moved to May 2018 after fruit farmers of the Groenland Water Users Association (GWUA) in the WC reportedly released some water to help City of Cape Town. WC dam levels were marginally up to 23.7% full relative to 36.5% last year.
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