Fruit & vegetables drops 9.3 percent in the 12 months

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch
Mar 13, 2024 |

Data released today shows fruit and vegetable prices are coming down.

Stats NZ reported the price of fruit and vegetables dropped 9.3 percent in the 12 months to February 2024.

Finance Minister Nicola Willis said “lower fruit and vege prices are a step in the right direction for Kiwi families who have been pulling in their belts to cope with rising prices and rising pressures across the board.

“I know it can be a challenge to make weekly food budgets stretch. It’s good to see more stable prices coming back so people can start feeling more in control of their own finances.”

 The lower prices for fresh produce underpin what is the smallest increase in food prices since May 2021 at 2.1 percent.

This compares to the 12 percent increase in food prices in the previous 12 months to February 2023.

“Prices coming down is exactly what we want to see – inflation continues to be tracking down in the right direction” Willis said.

“We’re focused on continuing to do our bit to keep inflation down. We’re making sure we’re getting good value out of government spending, and not spending excessively which could put more fuel on the inflation fire.” 

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch

Chris Lynch is a journalist, videographer and content producer, broadcasting from his independent news and production company in Christchurch, New Zealand. If you have a news tip or are interested in video content, email [email protected]

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