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French cherry prices up 40% in two years

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Cherry prices are hitting €9/kg in supermarkets after bad weather hit the prime growing season and the start on the ban on the organophosphate pesticide dimethoate in February.

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Growers said their harvest were much reduced – one in Tarn-et-Garonne told La Depeche he was down from 40 tonnes last season to 15 – but demand from buyers was still high and prices were strong: meaning shop prices must also rise.

However, the higher prices have meant buyers have been refusing to pay and some supermarkets are not even offering cherries for sale, fearing that they will be left with tonnes of unsold fruit.

National farming agency FranceAgriMer says that cherry prices are up 43% in two years. They are at €8.80/kg and above in many street markets but are averaging €8.71/kg in supermarkets this year, against €7.15/kg last year and €6.10/kg in 2014.

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