Food supplies jump by 8 per cent

By Adel Fruean 08 October 2021, 10:00AM

A monthly survey of agricultural food supplies at the local markets in August this year showed an overall increase of 8 per cent in volume from July 2021.

However, the overall increase in the supply of most agricultural produce led to the 3 per cent decline in the price level from the previous month.

The movements of agriculture produce in Samoa were highlighted in a report titled “local market survey” for August 2021 issued by the Samoa Bureau of Statistics. 

The local market survey measures the price and volume of selected agricultural produce from the local markets at Fugalei, Taufusi, Vaitele, Afega, Saleimoa, Fasitoo Uta, Savaia, and Salelologa every month while the prices for selected produce are taken from the Consumer Price Index.

According to the report, the overall 8 per cent increase in agricultural food supplies reflects the significant increases in volume of the majority of agricultural produce supplied to the markets in the period under review with the exception of taro, yam and cucumber. 

“When compared with the same month last year, current supply was 10 per cent lower,” read the report.

Furthermore, the overall increase in the supply of most agricultural produce led to the 3 per cent decline in the price level from the previous month.

“Lower prices recorded for the majority of agricultural produce with the exception of taro, ta’amu, coconut, yam and tomato. 

“When compared to August 2020, the current overall price level was 8 per cent lower.”

For the supply of taro to the local markets in August 2021, it declined by 62 per cent (to 2,820 kilograms) from July 2021; a level that was 39 per cent lower than the same month last year. 

“Limited supply led its average price to climb 26 per cent (to $2.51 per kilogram). When compared with August 2020, current price of taro was 18 per cent lower.

“Despite the decrease in the volume of taro in the month under review, supply of taro in the twelvemonth period ending August 2021 increased by 24 per cent over the twelve-month period ending August 2020. Price dropped 23 per cent.”

At 3,777 kilograms, the supply of banana to the local markets in August 2021 was more than doubled its volume in the previous month while abundance of supplies led the average price to slip 14 per cent (to $0.97 per kilogram). 

“When compared with the same month last year, the current supply of bananax was 26 per cent higher while its average price was 12 per cent lower.

“Coconut supplies to the local markets in August 2021 increased 9 per cent (to 4,960 kilograms) from the previous month while domestic demand pushed its average price up 8 per cent (to $1.01 per kilogram). 

“When compared with August 2020, the current supply of coconut was 1 per cent higher while its average price was 5 per cent lower.”

The supply of breadfruit in August 2021 increased by 64 per cent from the previous month. Increased supply to the markets pushed its average price down 13 per cent (to $1.07 per kilogram). 

When compared with August 2020, current supply of breadfruit was 67 per cent higher while its average price was 4 per cent lower. 

“All vegetable produce supplied to the local markets in August 2021 experienced significant increases with the exception of cucumber supplies whose volume fell 12 per cent (to 770 kilograms) from the previous month.  

“Pumpkin supplies registered the largest increase of 52 per cent (to 7,981 kilograms) followed by tomato supplies, increasing 36 per cent (to 248 kilograms), head cabbage rose 21 per cent (to 489 kilograms) and Chinese cabbage supplies increased 8 per cent (to 228 kilograms) when compared to the previous month.

“At 280, the number of sellers at the local markets on the days surveyed in August 2021 increased 7 per cent from the previous month but declined 9 per cent when compared with the number of sellers in the same month a year ago.”

By Adel Fruean 08 October 2021, 10:00AM

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