Food Foundation analysis: fruit and vegetable prices
The Agricultural Prices Index, a monthly government publication that reflects the price farmers receive for their products, also referred to as farm gate price, shows that there have been some increases in the prices received by fruit farmers between January and April and compared to the same months last year. However, prices received by vegetable farmers have barely changed over the same time period or compared to last year. This is despite large increases in costs being reported as a result of social distancing measures and costs of recruitment.
The most recent data from the Agricultural Prices Index shows that the increase in prices received by fruit farmers between January and April has reversed and that fruit prices being paid at the farm gate have gone down, although they are still higher than the prices being received at the same time last year. Prices received by vegetable farmers have remained fairly static, although up slightly.
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