Fruits and vegetables already cost six to nine times more than in origin

Garlic, potatoes, carrots, plums, oranges, watermelons or lettuce cost at least five times as much of what the farmer receives at origin. Price differences when we meet Unpublished inflation indicators since the mid-1980s they weigh more than ever in the pockets of the final consumer. Up to nine times the cost of some fruits and vegetables is multiplied, as reported by COAG Málaga.

This agricultural group specifies in a report on the prices of fruits and vegetables the enormous differences that the final consumer supports. For example, a kilogram of oranges goes from 0.15 to 1.50 euros on his way to the home of any family.

“What happens here is evident, because we have some extraordinary differences from the time the product leaves the hands of the person who grows it until the person who buys it acquires it,” underlines the president of COAG in Malaga, Antonio Rodríguez.

It alleges that this work of constant monitoring of prices in the province of Malaga is carried out periodically. But it is at this time when this work has a greater social impact. “We are in a period of skyrocketing inflation, with fuel prices skyrocketing. It is necessary like never before to show that great difference between the farmer and the price paid by the consumer,” he says.

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For Rodríguez, in intermediation “there is a lot of speculation” and the one who cultivates sometimes “is forced to stop producing a fruit and vegetable variety. The paradox is that the one who is going to buy a certain fruit cannot afford it, while the farmer, from the little he earns, cannot afford to produce it.”

We see lettuce, potato or garlic with increases above 700%. One of the tasks of our organization is precisely to visualize these significant situations. We have to bet on a law of the chain, where the minimum cost of production is collected. And so each link collects what belongs to it, in order to move forward”, argues the president of COAG in Malaga.

Together with the price of oranges, with an increase of 887% over the original price, garlic bears a percentage of 749%, for the 629% that carrots show. Watermelon also goes from 0.36 euros per kilo to more than 2 euros, which represents a rise of 500%.

The plum goes from 0.66 to 4.37 euros, which shows a 562% increase. The potato rises from 0.20 to 1.35 euros, or what is the same, supports another 575% with respect to the price at origin received by the producer. Lettuce increases from 0.18 to 1.10 euros per kilo, also above 500%.

Other increases that are close to 500% appear when we look at other fruits and vegetables, such as broccoli or lemon. Even in olive oil there are differences that can attract attention, although it is true that the percentage is lower: 51%.

Between 300% and 500% also appear chard, which rises from 0.64 to 2.66 euros, aubergine, courgette, onion, cauliflower, apricots or peaches, as well as nectarines.

For producers, All these increases have an added condition. And it is that in the last six months production costs have also skyrocketed, as the costs of fertilizers or petroleum derivatives, such as the fuel used for motors or automated irrigation, have risen.

For Antonio Rodríguez, it is true that the autonomous communities already have different price observatories, with official data, but the fight now “is focused” on the new regulations serving to alleviate these enormous differences. “We remain very attentive to the evolution of these intermediate markets, where prices skyrocket that the farmer does not usually reach,” he concludes.

The melon is placed in the spotlight next to the watermelon

Melons and watermelons are in the spotlight this summer. For years these seasonal fruits have not registered prices so distant between origin and final consumer. If the watermelon multiplies the initial cost received by the farmer by five, the melon also does so by up to three. In the case of this last fruit, the producer receives on average just under 50 cents, while in the store or the supermarket it is currently 1.50 euros. Farmers point out that the administration must establish a certain order, without interfering with the rules imposed by supply and demand.