Jun 28 2018

Tomato prices the latest to skyrocket in Turkey

Following concerns over the high prices of potatoes and onions in recent months, the latest worry among Turkish shoppers is the high price of tomatoes, which left-nationalist broadcaster Ulusal Kanal says are now on sale for as much as 8 lira ($1.74) a kilo.

Turkish tomato farmers have had trouble gaining access to Russian markets following a complete cutoff after the downing of a Russian jet that briefly entered Turkish airspace in 2015, leading many to choose instead to grow bananas this year in their greenhouses. The crop has also been hit by disease this season.

With Russia recently re-opening its markets to Turkish tomatoes, this year’s harvest has been left insufficient to satisfy domestic demand.

It is hoped that prices will decrease again over the course of the summer, the broadcaster said.