Cold snap hits fresh food prices

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11 February 2005, MADRID - Spain's brief but sharp cold snap is hitting the pockets of consumers as prices of fresh vegetables rise 49 percent.

11 February 2005

MADRID - Spain's brief but sharp cold snap is hitting the pockets of consumers as prices of fresh vegetables rise 49 percent.

The Coordinated Agricultral and Stockbreeding Organisation (COAG) said prices had risen over the past week because of the cost of growing vegetables in the freezing weather.

Temperatures dipped below zero in many inland areas of Spain while heavy snows affected highland parts of the country.

Lettuces went up 100 percent, while green beans were 25 percent more expensive thanks to the bad weather.

Artichokes also went up 54 percent. But, in comparison, cauliflower increased in price by only 13 percent.

The COAG has asked the government to help devise a strategic plan to stop future leaps in prices if the weather affects the costs of producing these vegetables.

During the cold snap in January, the price of vegetables went up 35 percent on average, compared with the year before.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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