In the last year, almost all basic vegetables has become more expensive. According to traders and experts, prices is rising slowly but surely, and over the past 12 months the jump in goods such as cucumbers and potatoes has been around 30%. The record holder, however, is the cabbage, whose price has jumped by almost 58 percent. According to data from the State Commission on Commodity Exchanges and Markets, compared to January last year, potatoes are 20% more expensive, onions – by 10 percent, and tomatoes – by between 13% and 17%.
On this basis, Bulgaria may be left without Bulgarian vegetable production in 2022 due to the energy crisis.
Some consumers are already saying that it is high prices for fruits and vegetables will cause them to lose some products.
“We do not observe shock price movements, but on the other hand they are smooth and constant, which is not a good trend.” said Vladimir Ivanov of the State Commission on Commodity Exchanges and Markets.
According to some dealers at this stage, the new prices still not felt in people’s pockets. According to others, the increase is significant for the end customer at the moment.
In addition to being a trader, Krassimir Savov is also a producer. The goods he sells are exclusively Bulgarian. “There’s another week until we sell this product, so in March we’ll come to market to work again.” he said. And he would not sell until March, for his production had been cleared. He cites inflation as the main reason for this. He says the money he spends on fuel is also more than before as he travels to the capital from another city. And as the production process became more expensive, customer prices also became more expensive. Krassimir predicts that the crisis will block the work of other producers.
Ivan Kaburov runs a greenhouse in Malo Konare. This winter, unlike other times, is empty. “Last year, tomatoes were planted here, which at that time was already a meter. At the moment, the greenhouse is completely empty, clean and all the bills we have made show that it is not profitable to plant early products.” says Ivan. He added that the production process has become more expensive primarily due to increased heating costs in the greenhouse. Therefore, it will not work until the weather gets warmer to limit costs. His colleagues will do the same.
As a result of the lack of Bulgarian production, imports from abroad would remain the “king of the market”. According to the Ministry of Agriculture, for the period January-September last year, about 228 thousand tons fresh vegetables and almost 263 thousand tons of fresh fruit were imported to Bulgaria. The lack of greenhouse production in Bulgaria will soon lead to bankruptcies and mass layoffs, warn traders and experts.