It included vegetables, especially of local origin

Competitiveness, abundant supply and local supply reduce the prices of organic products

  • Organic vegetables, especially of local origin, witnessed a price decrease of varying proportions. Emirates today

  • Faisal Khaled Al Nabooda: The prices of organic vegetables have witnessed a gradual decline since the middle of last year, by rates that recently reached 20%.

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Consumers confirmed that the prices of a number of organic food products have declined, by varying degrees, during the recent period.

They told Emirates Al-Youm that the organic products that witnessed a price decline included vegetables, especially of local origin.

In turn, officials in the retail trade sector said that the prices of some organic food products recorded a decrease of between 15 and 20% compared to their prices during the first quarter of 2023, attributing this to competitiveness, abundant supply, and an increase in the supply of local organic vegetables.

Consumer Mustafa Ismail said: “I noticed a large abundance of organic food products, with relative declines in their prices compared to the past two years,” pointing out that “organic vegetables, especially of local origin, witnessed a price decline of varying proportions.”

For his part, consumer Ahmed Yasser said: “The decline in the prices of organic products, and the entry of new varieties and brands into the markets, has provided more opportunities and options for families, especially with vegetables, which have witnessed a remarkable price decline.”

Consumer Maryam Ibrahim agreed that “organic products, especially vegetables, have become more available in the markets, at reduced prices compared to previous periods.” She said: “I noticed a decrease in the prices of organic vegetables of local origin, in addition to their increasing inclusion in many discount offers in sales outlets, which was not the case before, as the discounts and offers generally excluded organic products.”

As for consumer Imad Metwally, he believed that “the remarkable decline in the prices of organic vegetables and food products will motivate many consumers to buy, especially with the availability of a larger number of brands that offer these products compared to previous periods.”

In addition, the Director of Marketing and Relations at Sharjah Cooperative, Faisal Khaled Al Nabouda, said, “The prices of organic vegetables have witnessed a gradual decline since the middle of last year, until their decline rates finally reached 20%, compared to their prices during the first quarter of 2023.”

He added: “The price decrease is largely due to the increase in supply operations from local farms, which in turn provided an abundance of supply, supported competitiveness, lowered prices, and included organic products in discount offers.”

He stressed that “(Sharjah Cooperative) provided, through its outlets, various facilities and incentives to support the supply of organic vegetables from local farms, which in turn contributed to increasing the quantities of supply to (Cooperative) outlets.”

In turn, Dilip Vishal, purchasing officer at one of the retail chain stores, said: “The prices of a number of organic food products have witnessed a decline during the recent period, due to the abundance of supply and increased competition, especially with a large number of sales outlets contracting with multiple supply companies.”

He stressed that “organic vegetables witnessed a price decline of between 15 and 20% compared to their prices during the first quarter of 2023, supported by the growth in production and supply operations from local farms.”

In the same context, the sales official at a retail outlet in Dubai, Muhammad Bashir, said, “The abundance of supply and the increase in the supply of organic vegetables compared to previous periods contributed to a decline in prices by rates exceeding 15% recently.” He explained that “the decline in the prices of organic products did not make them similar to their conventional counterparts, but it did relatively reduce the price differences, in a way that increased demand for them, especially with their inclusion in discount offers in a remarkable way.”

He pointed out that “the increase in the import of organic products at low prices was one of the factors that in turn contributed to the decline in price limits in markets in general.”