Wholesale value of Gozitan fruit & veg up by 12.3% in Q2

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Wholesale value of Gozitan fruit & veg up by 12.3% in Q2The volume and wholesale value of fresh fruit and vegetables in Malta and Gozo increased by 5.1 and 14.0 per cent respectively in the second quarter this year, compared to the corresponding period in 2012.

Gozitan farmers supplied 8.0 per cent, or 1.0 million kilograms of fresh fruit and vegetables. The wholesale value rose by 12.3 per cent over the comparative period in 2012.

The supply of fresh fruit and vegetables for the second quarter amounted to 12.6 million kilograms, an increase of 5.1 per cent. Similarly, the wholesale value also advanced by 14.0 per cent, from €5.3 million in the second quarter in 2012 to €6.1 million this year.

The volume of fresh vegetables went up by 8.2 per cent to 11.8 million kilograms over the comparative period in 2012. Increases were registered in the supply of Potatoes (+23.1 per cent), Tomatoes (+11.2 per cent), Lettuce (+7.4 per cent) and Cabbages (+10.6 per cent). The wholesale value of fresh vegetables registered a growth of 12.9 per cent to €4.9 million.

The supply of fresh fruit dropped by 26.6 per cent, mainly on account of a decrease in the availability of Strawberries (-32.2 per cent) and Peaches (-17.5 per cent). On the other hand, the wholesale value of fresh fruit increased by 19.0 per cent, to €1.2 million.

Maltese farmers supplied 11.6 million kilograms of fresh fruit and vegetables, yielding €5.5 million. Farmers on the mainland contributed 92.0 per cent of the total amount of fruit and vegetables on the market.

The quarterly ‘All Items’ fresh fruit price index for the second quarter advanced by 42.54 points (+47.7 per cent) to 131.67 points. In contrast, the fresh fruit volume index dipped by 42.93 points (-26.5 per cent) to 118.77 points.

The quarterly ‘All Items’ fresh vegetables price index increased by 12.26 points (+14.2 per cent) from 86.26 points in the second quarter of 2012 to 98.52 points this year. Additionally, the fresh vegetables volume index went up by 8.63 points (+8.2 per cent) to 114.51 points ??

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