MARKET STATISTICS AND GRAPHICAL REPRESENTATION OF SEASONAL FLUCTUATIONS IN QUANTITIES AND PRICES OF FRUIT AND VEGETABLES SOLD ON THE MAJOR FRESH PRODUCE MARKETS

The purpose of the market statistics is to show the short–term price and volume trends (seasonal fluctuations) of various fruit and vegetables sold on the major fresh produce markets and to enable the making of comparisons between markets.

The graphical representations of fruit and vegetables sold and their relevant prices on the East London Fresh Produce Market for the period 1996 to 2000, give an indication of the variations (5–year average) that occur monthly in the mass and prices. The seasonal pattern of quantities sold and prices realised may differ appreciably on different markets and deductions made from the statistics in the graphs, which only represents the East London market, must be made cautiously.  

Prices on a market are determined by the interaction between supply and demand—both of which are influenced by various factors. Supply factors include climate, seasonal production, perishability of products and the reaction of producers to prices realised in preceding periods, etc. Demand factors include consumer habits, substitution between products and per capita income. 

East London market moved to its current site in Wilsonia during 1987.  The market sales hall was increased by approximately one third in 1988 to its current 20150m2 of which 14000m2 is available for the storage, display and sale of produce. The market is adequately catered for in terms of ripening and cold storage facilities having thirteen ripening rooms and seven cold storage rooms. There are five market agencies operating on the market and a new agency, from the previously disadvantaged sector will be commencing operations shortly. Turnover for the last financial year 2000/2001 was R115 million and 91 743.00 tons was marketed.

 

Market codes

PTA  

Pretoria

KDP  

Klerksdorp

JHB  

Johannesburg

VER  

Vereeniging

BFN  

Bloemfontein

SPR  

Springs

KIM  

Kimberley

UIT  

Uitenhage

CT    

Cape Town

WBK  

Witbank

PE    

Port Elizabeth

NLS  

Nelspruit

EL    

East London

PTB  

Pietersburg

DBN  

Durban

 

 

PMB  

Pietermaritzburg

 

 

WLK  

Welkom

 

 

NOTE: The dash (–) indicates that the volume sold was less than a ton or that there were no sales. The asterisk (*) indicates that the information on the specific market was not available at the time of printing.

Detailed information regarding specific varieties of fruit and vegetables sold on the markets are available on request from Ms L. Lezar —Directorate Agricultural Statistics, tel. no. (012) 319 6252, fax. no. (012) 319 6267.

 

 1. Apples