Gozo’s fruit & vegetable supply down 20.6% in 3rd quarter

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Gozo's fruit & vegetable supply down 20.6% in 3rd quarterDuring the third quarter, the volume of fresh fruit and vegetables sold through official markets declined by 7.8 per cent, whereas the wholesale value rose by 23.9 per cent, when compared to the corresponding quarter of 2009.

The supply of fresh fruit and vegetables for the third quarter this year amounted to 12.2 million kilograms, a decrease of 7.8 per cent over the comparative period in 2009. On the other hand, the wholesale value advanced by 23.9 per cent, from €4.7 million in the third quarter last year to €5.8 million.

When compared to the third quarter last year, the supply of fresh vegetables fell by 4.1 per cent to 11.3 million kilograms. Notable declines were registered in the supply of Potatoes (-34.7 per cent), Sugar melons (-30.8 per cent) and Watermelons (-25.9 per cent), while there were increases of 38.5 and 44.4 per cent respectively in the supply of Tomatoes and Cauliflowers. In contrast, the wholesale value of fresh vegetables rose by 37.1 per cent, to €5.0 million, in the third quarter this year.

The supply of fresh fruit dropped by 38.0 per cent, mainly influenced by a shortage in the supply of Peaches and Grapes, of 45.4 and 42.3 per cent respectively. Likewise, the wholesale value of fruit decreased by 22.6 per cent, to €0.8 million.

Regional Statistics

Gozitan farmers supplied 1.5 million kilograms of fresh fruit and vegetables, or 12.1 per cent of the total supply, a decline of 20.6 per cent when compared to the corresponding period in 2009. The wholesale value increased by 18.3 per cent from €0.7 million in the third quarter of 2009 to €0.8 million in the third quarter this year.

The volume of fruit and vegetables supplied by Maltese farmers amounted to 10.7 million kilograms, down by 5.7 per cent when compared to the third quarter of 2009. During the period under review the supply, which yielded €5.0 million, represented 87.9 per cent of the total produce of fruit and vegetables.

Quarterly Indices

The quarterly ‘All Items’ fresh fruit price index for the third quarter increased by 22.65 points (+27.6 per cent) to stand at 104.58 points. During the period under review, the fresh fruit volume index decreased by 79.72 points (-38.0 per cent) to 130.17 points.

The quarterly ‘All Items’ fresh vegetable price index rose to 115.55 points, up by 32.53 points (+39.2 per cent). The ‘All Items’ fresh vegetables volume index dropped by 4.76 points (-4.1 per cent) to 111.69 points in the third quarter of 2010 ?

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