Heat wave led to oversupply of ripe fruits and vegetables — JFU

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AMMAN — The Jordanian Farmers Union (JFU) said on Sunday that the recent heat wave the Kingdom has witnessed led to the early ripening of various varieties of vegetables and fruits, which caused an oversupply in the markets and a decrease in their prices, Hala News reported.اضافة اعلان

JFU Director-General Mahmoud Al-Oran said that there has been an increase in the quantities of all kinds of vegetables in the market, with the exception of cauliflower, which wasn’t as affected by the recent heat wave, as it is considered a winter crop.

He added that prices of many types of fruits have decreased significantly, while similar price drops were witnessed in the case of various varieties of vegetables, especially tomatoes and eggplants.

At the same time, Oran expressed fear that the heat wave may delay the flowering of some fruit trees and thus affect future yields, which will reduce commercial production and raise prices.

He called on the government to either exempt farmers from paying electricity and water bills or reduce them, and to raise the upper limit for water used for irrigation.

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