Lettuce exports increased by more than 50 percent in 2023

By: STA Date: 2024. 03. 19. 10:00

According to the KSH data, the area and quantity of lettuce harvested in Hungary has decreased continuously in recent years, but according to the KSH data, an increase was observed in 2022. In 2022, 8.88 thousand tons of lettuce were produced on 286 hectares, and 1.95 thousand tons of other lettuce on 53 hectares.

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According to KSH data, Hungary’s lettuce imports increased by 7 percent (to 1.1 thousand tons) in 2023 compared to a year earlier. Spain remained the largest supplier, with 675 tons of lettuce. Exports increased by 56 percent to almost 1.5 thousand tons – primarily to Poland and the Czech Republic – in the same comparison. The value of Hungary’s lettuce exports increased by 50 percent to HUF 560.2 million, while the value of imports decreased by 8 percent to HUF 329.8 million in 2023 compared to a year earlier. Income from the export of other lettuces (except lettuce) increased by 5 percent to HUF 2.94 billion, and the value of imports increased by 11 percent to HUF 7.36 billion in 2023. In terms of volume, imports increased by 21 percent (to 16.36 thousand tons) in 2023. The largest supplier is Spain, from which 10.09 thousand tons of lettuce arrived. Exports increased by 16 percent, reaching 5.80 thousand tons in 2023. The quantity delivered to the largest target market, Romania, decreased by 1 percent to 4.20 thousand tons. According to AKI PÁIR data, the producer price of domestic lettuce on the Budapest Wholesale Market rose by 19 percent to HUF 285/piece 1–11 2024. per week compared to the same period of the previous year. The wholesale price of imported lettuce was lower by 7 percent (HUF 280/piece), of iceberg lettuce by 26 percent (HUF 470/piece), and of Lollo lettuce by 1 percent (HUF 368/piece) 1-11-2024. per week than a year earlier.


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