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Selenge Province harvest sales begin

 

Vegetable farmers from Selenge Province started selling harvested vegetables in front of Sky Department on Friday.

The farmers dedicated their hard work and heart to the harvest and city residents will be able to purchase the new harvest for two months, until October 15.

The farmers said they worried about the new harvest as this summer was especially rainy. They managed to overcome the issue by taking precautions, they added.

Around 100 farmers from Zuunburen, Baruunburen, Shaamar, Sant, and Khushaat soums were planning to attend the fair but only 40 farmers were represented and brought newly harvested potatoes, cabbage, carrots, turnips, as well as home-canned vegetables, honey and fruit.

We spoke with a farmer from Mandal soum of Selenge Province ahead of the fair.

How many years have you been attending the fair?

I have been attending the event for four years. Selling vegetables in my soum is not profitable, because many people plant vegetables. But selling in the city is quite profitable.  It will be worthwhile if this fair lasts more than two months.

After this fair, we have no option but to sell it for cheaper prices to traders.  Unfortunately, our several months’ of hard work doesn’t bring much profit.

This year’s fair seems to be selling vegetables at higher prices. Can you comment on this?

It is a reasonable price. In particular, potatoes are sold for 1,000 MNT a kg at minimum in shops, but we sell a kg of potatoes for 800 MNT.

 It is not rare to find grocers selling Chinese vegetables with labels saying that they are Mongolian.  How do you guarantee that farmers at the fair sell only Mongolian vegetables?

Salesmen sell vegetables grown in Mongolia from Chinese seeds, but they aren’t sold at the fair.  Grocers are not keen on selling Chinese vegetables as they are not tasty.

 

Vegetables (kg) Price, MNT
Potato 800
Carrot, Turnip 1,000
Onion 1,500
Cabbage 600
Tomato 5,000-7,000
Pepper 5,000
Bilberry, black currant 13,000
Currant, wild cherry 7,000
Honey (liter) 20,000

 

 

Trans. by D.SERGELEN

 

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