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Vegetable prices jumped in the Far Eastern Federal District after closing borders with China

Vegetable prices jumped in the Far Eastern Federal District after closing borders with China
A shortage of fresh vegetables arose in the regions of the Far East after the closure of borders with China due to the coronavirus. Buyers complain that the remnants of these products are sold at overpriced prices. Large retailers are now trying to arrange the supply of vegetables from Turkey and Azerbaijan. 

"Unscrupulous wholesalers have already taken advantage of the situation, and over the past few days the prices for fresh vegetables have unreasonably doubled in wholesale bases," Yakutia’s head Aisen Nikolaev said during a meeting with the local government.

He recalled that municipalities are obliged to regulate prices and can resort to the help of supervisory authorities. 

The Primorsky Territory also reported a shortage of fresh vegetables. Tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant and zucchini disappeared from store shelves. Onions rose in price to 60 rubles per kg, green onions - almost twice, up to 399 rubles per kg. Retailers explained that they were forced to look for other suppliers, for example, in Turkey or Azerbaijan, with a higher purchase price and shipping cost. 

The Khabarovsk Territory is also looking for new suppliers of tomatoes, cucumbers and sweet peppers; they intend to order them in Saransk, Kemerovo and Turkey. As stated in the regional Ministry of Agriculture, the region produces the remaining vegetables on its own. 

“Half of our trade enterprises work with Turkey - it supplies fruits to the region. Now enterprises will also bring vegetables from Turkey,” said the Minister of Agriculture of the region Alexander Shkurin. 

Regional authorities intend to monitor the increase in prices together with the Antimonopoly Service. It was previously reported that due to quarantine on the borders with China it could significantly to decline commodity circulation between the two countries.

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