Volume of fresh fruit & veg in Gozo down 3.0%, wholesale value up 3.5%

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Volume of fresh fruit & veg in Gozo down 3.0%, wholesale value up 3.5%In the fourth quarter of 2014, Gozitan farmers supplied 0.7 million kilogrammes of fresh fruit and vegetables or 7.9 per cent of the total supply. The volume of fresh fruit and vegetables declined by 3.0 per cent, while the wholesale value increased by 3.5 per cent over the comparative quarter, the National Statistics Office said today.

On a national level, the volume and wholesale value of fresh fruit and vegetables in Q4 of 2014, increased by 2.8 and 9.9 per cent respectively over the comparative period in 2013.

The volume of fresh fruit and vegetables that passed through official markets amounted to 8.5 million kilogrammes, yielding €4.3 million. This represented an increase of 2.8 per cent in weight and a 9.9 per cent growth in the wholesale value over the corresponding period in 2013.

The supply of fresh vegetables went up by 2.9 per cent to 8.1 million kilogrammes over the comparative quarter in 2013. Increases were registered in the supply of Potatoes (+52.3 per cent), Bellpepper (+22.5 per cent) and Eggplant (+22.4 per cent). The wholesale value of fresh vegetables rose by 9.1 per cent to €4.0 million.

Fresh fruit supplied advanced by 1.2 per cent mainly on account of a rise in the availability of Grapes (+163.1 per cent) and Oranges (+13.3 per cent). Similarly, the wholesale value of fresh fruit increased by 19.1 per cent to €0.4 million.

Maltese farmers supplied 7.8 million kilogrammes of fruit and vegetables; an increase of 3.4 per cent over the corresponding period in 2013. During the quarter under review, the wholesale value of fresh fruit and vegetables went up by 10.7 per cent to €3.9 million. This produce represented 92.1 per cent of the total supply of fresh fruit and vegetables.

The quarterly ‘All Items’ fresh fruit price index for the fourth quarter of 2014 increased by 13.35 points (+18.6 per cent) to 85.30 points. Furthermore, the fresh fruit volume index rose by 1.2 per cent to 51.72 points.

In the quarter under review, the ‘All Items’ fresh vegetables price index inceased by 5.92 points (+5.3 per cent) to 117.06 points. Additionally, the fresh vegetables volume index went up by 2.24 points (+2.9 per cent) to 79.05 points.

Photograph: Alain Salvary

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