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Hot, dry weather in Asia drives up price of fruit

Some varieties like Fuji apple cost up to 50% more this year

Published on Jun 25, 2014 6:35 AM
 
The Fuji apple (above) or fragrant pear in stores here may now cost up to 50 per cent more, as hot and dry weather in Asia drives up the price of fruit. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

The Fuji apple or fragrant pear in stores here may now cost up to 50 per cent more, as hot and dry weather in Asia drives up the price of fruit.

The overall prices of fresh fruit and fruit products have gone up by 8.4 per cent last month over the same month last year, the biggest hike out of all the food items measured by the Department of Statistics here.

For fresh fruit, it surveyed the prices of tropical fruits such as papayas, bananas, pineapples and coconuts as well as non-tropical ones like oranges, apples and pears, in its monthly consumer price index released on Monday.

Mr Yeo Cheng Ho, 54, owner of fruit importer and exporter Lai Hong Fruits, said the prices of certain fruits like Fuji apples and fragrant pears from China had gone up sharply.

 
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