Vegetables turn cheaper in Mauritius as heavy rains boost crops
The price of fresh vegetables has been lowered by 32.2%, according to Statistics Mauritius data, representing an increase in purchasing power for the common man. (Image: Dream Holiday Mauritius)
There is good news for the average Mauritian as prices of vegetables continue to be driven down by heavy showers, boosting agricultural production.
The price of fresh vegetables has been lowered by 32.2%, and, even with an increase of 8.2% in the prices of fruits and nuts, the producer price index for agriculture has come down overall, representing an increase in purchasing power for the common man.
According to Statistics Mauritius, the producer price index (PPI) for agriculture, which captures the prices of vegetables, sugarcane and animal produce, has improved in the third quarter of 2013 by 5.8%.
The September 2013 PPI for agriculture came down by 5.8% to reach 109.6, compared to the PPI for June 2013 which stood at 116.3. The individual months of July, August and September witnessed a decline of 5%, 0.3% and 0.5% respectively.
During three consecutive months of July, August and September 2013, the index for other crops went down by 11.9%, 1.5% and 2.4% respectively. The main factor driving the improvement in PPI was the decrease in the price on vegetables.
According to the president of Small Farmer’s Association (SFA), Kreepalloo Sunghoon, the price of several vegetables will reduce, or has already come down, for example, beans.
The weather can be considered favourable for agriculture and planters can be confident that the sale of vegetables will be a success as the levels of water in the island’s reservoirs is sufficient to supply water to agricultural plantations, he added.
On the other hand, Isoop Soobadur, president of the Market Trader’s Association, estimated that the price drop is felt only for certain vegetables, and not others, like tomatoes and carrots.
Based on the provisional price of sugar for 2013, the sugar cane index was 90.4 during July to September 2013 and this represents a decrease of 6.1% over the 2012 crop. It is assumed that the same prices will prevail during the entire year.
As for the index for animals and animal products, it increased across all months in the third quarter, except for September when eggs became cheaper and contributed to a fall in the overall price index.