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The drought and the weak exchange rate pushing up the price of vegetables

food prices have risen by 2.9 per cent over the past year, according to new figures from Statistics sweden (SCB). The greatest price increases were in vegetables, where prices rose by ten per cent. Last summer's drought is the main reason.

– It is a lingering effect that will continue until the late summer and fall, said Carl Eckerdal.

the vegetable that showed the greatest change. In april of this year the price was almost the double compared to april 2018. Carrots increased by 50% in price compared with the same month last year, and yellow onions by 30 per cent.

– It is mainly noticeable on products that are not processed. The vegetables will, in principle, directly from the grower through a wholesaler to grönsaksdisken in the shop, said Carl Eckerdal.

For other products that go through the food industry (e.g. wheat processed into bread) beats the prices of raw materials not through as strongly.

– Fruits and vegetables have greater price volatility. It is missing the filter so the prices are very transparent, " says Carl Eckerdal.

went up by 22 per cent and the packaged variant with 28 per cent. Unless demand reduces significantly as a result of the higher prices there is no other reason for the prices would go down, according to Carl Eckerdal.

– There is nothing currently that can change the range on the svenskodlad potatoes. The harvest we got last year is the one we will live in the autumn, " he says.

Although the weakness of the Swedish krona against the dollar and the euro, the impact on food prices.

– Swedish wholesalers have difficult to negotiate down the price of a tonne of potatoes from Germany, said Carl Eckerdal.

" Yes, it is as safe as the amen in the church, said Carl Eckerdal.

" this year has started out miserably, as seen from the lantbrukarperspektiv. It has been a dry spring with little rain to meet the need. I hope to avoid writing about another dry summer and how it will affect the entire food economy and, in the end, households 'wallets," he continues.

the Price movements measured in the consumer price index (CPI) was 2.1 per cent. In march it was 1.9 per cent. Drivmedelspriset has gone up by 8.6 per cent in the last year and electricity costs 7.8 per cent more. It has, however, over the past year become cheaper to buy a mobile phone, where the decrease is -19,3%.

Read also: Smart irrigation to save drought-stricken farmers

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