Studies by the Ministry of Agriculture has found that prices of fruits and vegetables in Israel are lower, sometime much lower, than in the US and Western European countries it examined. The study found that the average price of a kilogram of tomatoes in the US was 340% higher than in Israel, and that the average price of peppers was 116% higher.
The price comparison study between Israel and the US was conducted in April-June 2013. All the prices and quantities were converted into shekels and kilograms. A second price comparison study between Israel and Western European studies was completed recently.
The Ministry of Agriculture said today that it was not surprised by the findings, given that most produce in Israel is grown domestically, and there is little imported produce, which contributes to low prices.
The Western European price comparison study found that a kilo of cucumbers costs 270% more in France than in Israel and 260% more in Germany. A kilo of avocados costs 316% more in the UK than in Israel. However, onions in Germany cost less than in Israel, and bananas in the US cost 34% less than in Israel.
The Ministry of Agriculture said that the price comparison studies were carried out over time and show statistical prices to iron out price hikes caused by extreme weather conditions, such as heat waves, frosts, or storms, which can reduce supplies. The ministry added that produce in Israel is usually grown throughout the year, which ensures a stable supply and renders imports unnecessary.
Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on February 5, 2014
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