As part of the government’s plan to try to contain food inflation, the Commerce Ministry updated the basket on Tuesday seasonal fruit and vegetables which is available in the large supermarket chains of the Buenos Aires metropolitan area (AMBA), within the program Fair prices.
“In this way, greengrocers or greengrocers and retail traders will be able to access seasonal fruit and vegetables, affordable prices to favor the pockets of the final consumer, in the stalls that are located in the supply center”, remarked the secretary of Commerce.
He also stressed that the initiative also seeks that “consumers can have a wholesale reference pricewhen it’s time to go shopping.
Specifically, the basket of fruit and vegetables is composed nine products: potato, tomato, pumpkin, onion, chard, apple, pear, Ecuadorian banana and subtropical banana.
The speed of the increases in the prices of basic foods is the most relevant feature of the current inflation, rather than canceling the increases in parities and bonuses and/or income increases that the Government grants from time to time to vulnerable sectors.
Fair prices: how much the nine products in the fruit and vegetable basket cost in May 2023
The price per kilo of each of the nine products in the fruit and vegetable basket will have a Fixed value from 2 May to 31 May 2023.
Compared to the previous month, the black potato, the round tomato, the large squash, the onion, the apple and the pear maintained their value, highlighted by the commercial portfolio, which also highlighted the addition of the chard.
- black potato: $179kg
- round tomato: $459kg
- Pumpkin Anco: $149kg
- Onion: $170kg
- Chard: $339kg
- Apple: $399kg
- Pear: $199kg
- Ecuadorian banana: $495kg
- Subtropical banana: $399kg
Wholesale prices: fruit and vegetable basket
On the other hand, the Central Market of Buenos Aires and the chambers of fruit and vegetable operators, together with the Secretariat of Commerce, have concluded an agreement to establish two baskets of fruit and vegetables at wholesale prices: one for 90 days and another for 30 days.
for 90 daysfrom 2 May to 31 July, the wholesale price per kilo (in bulk and without VAT) of the following products will be:
- Onion: $60
- lead gourd: $100
- commercial lemon: $120
- crunchy apple: $260.
While, for 30 daysfrom 2 May to 31 May, the wholesale price per kilo (in bulk and without VAT) of the following items in the fruit and vegetable basket will be:
- Dad: $95
- round tomato: $289
- Carrot: $80
- Chard: $75
- even pumpkin: $80
- Ecuadorian banana: $320
- subtropical banana ($270).
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