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    Vegetable prices soar after cold snap (2021/01/13)

    Recent cold weather has damaged crops across Taiwan, causing vegetable prices to soar. Leafy greens have borne the brunt of freeze damage, with spinach prices up 40% compared to last year, and the cost of cabbage and garland chrysanthemum is up nearly four-fold.

    The farmer shows us a field that's a sorry sight. Cold weather and sparse rainfall have stunted this crop of garden peas, and sent their price soaring. One kilogram cost NT$50 last year but now goes for as much as NT$100.

    At this market in Changhua's Xihu Township, vegetables are noticeably scarcer than they were before the cold swept in. What's available looks the worse for wear.

    Tsai Chien-wen
    Fruit and vegetable market director
    Historically, vegetables prices tend to peak in the winter season. But our trading volume is being affected by the cold wave. It's been reduced by a third.

    At this traditional market in Northern Taiwan, vegetable vendors vent their frustration. Cold weather has caused damage to crops and pushed up their prices. Many consumers aren't willing to pay more.

    Don't seem cheap these days. It's that way across the board.

    All of it's expensive. Fushan lettuce used to be NT$20 and it's become NT$45. A head of cabbage this small costs more than NT$100.

    For cabbage, the wholesale price has gone up from NT$8.7 per kilogram to NT$32.4. Garland chrysanthemum, which is commonly used in hotpot, has quadrupled in price to NT$107 per kilogram. Two of the worst-hit crops, sweet potato leaves and spinach, have gone up by 40%. Besides leafy greens, vining vegetables like bitter gourd and cucumber have also jumped 40%.

    Ah Lang
    Produce vendor
    It's better not to stockpile during this time. Just buy what you need. If you stockpile, you'll reduce the supply. If people stockpile in large quantities, prices will keep going up.

    From the farm to the market, every link in the chain feels the effects of the cold.
    With produce prices on a steady ascent, the weather is cutting directly into shoppers' pocketbooks.
    中文 Chinese  
    寒流來襲菜價狂飆 高麗菜、茼蒿漲4倍




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