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Why garlic product including dehydrated garlic prices are low this year
- Jul 19, 2018 -

From 51garlic

On July 17, at a regular press conference held by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Keke, director of the Department of Market and Economic Information of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, said that the average wholesale price of garlic in the first half of the year was 55.5 % lower than that in the previous year, with the average price of garlic falling by more than 20 % over the same period in the last 10 years, and the price of garlic in some production areas once fell below the lowest level in a decade.

Keke said that garlic prices need to be seen in a long history. Since the second half of 2009, garlic market prices have experienced three periodic fluctuations in varying degrees. In 2018, the average wholesale price in the first half of the year was 55.5 % lower than the previous year, while the average price in the same period in the recent 10 years dropped by more than 20 %, and the price of garlic in some production areas once fell below the lowest level in a decade. It also affects the development of dehydrated garlic, such as dehydrated garlic flakes, dehydrated garlic granules, dehydrated garlic powder, etc.

In response, Keke explained that the main reason for the low price of garlic is that supply exceeds demand. The specific performance is as follows:

First, garlic planting area has reached a record high, especially in some small areas around major production areas. Affected by the high garlic price in 2016, the garlic planting area continued to increase by 20.8 % and 8.0 % in 2017 and 2018, respectively.

Second, the unit yield is high. This spring, the overall temperature in the main garlic producing areas was relatively high, the light was normal, the moisture content was appropriate, and the yield per unit area remained relatively high.

Third, the stock of garlic in 2017 is relatively high and the market supply is ample.

Finally, he also said that considering the output and inventory of garlic this year, the downward pressure on garlic prices in the next few months is still great. Next, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Areas will strengthen the monitoring, warning and release of production, marketing and price information, hoping that garlic farmers will pay close attention to the market situation and reasonably arrange for the new garlic season this autumn.

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