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Prices for veges soar after rains lash farmlands

Vegetable prices are surging in China after heavy rain swamped crops this month.

Unusually heavy rains drenched northern swathes of China in September and early this month, flooding the top vegetable-growing province of Shandong.

The price of spinach has jumped to 16.67 yuan (US$2.61) per kilogram this week from 6.67 yuan in late September, a price index published in the provincial vegetable trading hub of Shouguang showed.

Prices of broccoli, cucumbers, and cabbage have more than doubled in recent weeks. The surging prices are a hot topic on China’s Twitter-like Weibo, with many users saying vegetables now cost more than pork, the nation’s staple meat.

“Coriander is now 17.8 yuan per half kilo, it really is more expensive than pork!” wrote one user in the eastern province of Anhui.

The average wholesale price of vegetables in Beijing has jumped 39.8 percent since last month, while some leafy vegetables rose more than 50 percent, the city government said.

Authorities in Beijing warn prices could rise in the next few weeks, as the city looks further south for its vegetables when temperatures fall and high energy prices boost transport costs.


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