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Polish strawberry harvest outrivals Lithuanian and Spanish one

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 Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe actual strawberry season in Latvia is still to come – currently local strawberries are only available at certain large cities’ markets and for three to six times higher price as the ones imported from Poland, reports Neatkarīgā Rīta Avīze.

Also, at Riga Central Market the assortment mostly consists of berries from Poland and they are currently the most demanded. Prices of these strawberries range from 0.90 to 2.80 lats per per kilogram. Whereas, vendors charge 2 to 2.50 lats per kilogram for berries grown in Lithuania. Spanish strawberries are a little cheaper – from 1.50 to 2.00 lats per kilogram.

On June 7, strawberries supply at Vidzeme’s Market was smaller than at Riga’s Central Market. While local strawberries cost from 5 to 6 lats per kilogram, at this market, berries grown in Lithuania are available from 2.30 to 2.50 lats per kilogram and berries from Poland – from 1.50 to 1.80 lats per kilogram.

Last year, in the second week of June, strawberry prices at Riga markets stuck above 3 lats per kilogram. According to the Agricultural Market Promotion Centre, it was the highest price of strawberries in the past 14 years.

Local strawberries are likely to appear in Rimi stores next week, supplied by Sigulda ogas. In order to harvest in mid-June, strawberry plantations were covered with polythene. Currently, we don’t know the exact price, but suppliers say berries will not be as expensive as last year, says Dace Valnere, senior public relations specialist at Rimi Latvia. At the moment, Rimi is selling strawberries from Belgium with about the same prices as last year.

Also, Maxima Latvia stores offer strawberries – currently imported ones, but soon local berries will appear as well.


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  1. Ren says:

    Buyers are always looking for cheaper products, so no wonder!

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