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The price of spinach and courgette, a vegetable that is favored as a side dish or as a side dish, has recently risen significantly, making the shopping cart lighter.

According to the Korea Agricultural & Fisheries Food Distribution Corporation (aT) agricultural product distribution information on August 8, the average retail price of spinach (based on commodity and 1kg) was 1,936 won as of the 6th.

That's more than doubled compared to 5,995 won just a month ago.

The price is 47.4% higher than 8,776 won in the average year, and 4.0% higher than 12,443 won a year ago.

A retailer in Daegu, among aT's surveyed dealers, sold for 17,350 won and recorded the highest price.

Spinach was close to 40,000 won per kilogram of retail price last summer.

The spinach side dishes disappeared at commercial restaurants, sometimes referred to as 'gold'.

Earlier this year, the price went down due to overproduction, and the zucchini, which had been depressed, quickly became a `` precious body. ''

Zucchini harvested together with zucchini pumpkins, as prices have fallen sharply this spring, as some local green pepper farmers changed their crops to pumpkins.

However, on the 6th of this month, the average retail price of zucchini (based on one product) reached 1,982 won, reaching nearly 2,000 won each.

Compared to 1,800 won per month just a month ago, it's almost doubled in a month.

At the same time a year ago, the price soared 111.5% to 937 won per year, and the average price was only 1,194 won, which is 65.9% higher.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs has recently been searching for the cause of the weather, such as the sunshine.

Spinach, which is often grown in winter, spring, and autumn, is grown in house facilities, which means that the hot weather continues to be affected by growth.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Foods said, "Spinach is a low-temperature crop, so it is greatly affected by high temperatures."

The surge in zucchini prices is related to summer holidays in major wholesale markets, including the Garak-dong Agricultural and Marine Products Market.

It is explained that the price has temporarily increased as the 'big hands' bought their stocks ahead of their holidays.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Foods added, "The rainy season has also reduced the rate of growth of the courgette of house facilities," he said. "Recent prices are temporarily returning to normal levels."

This is in contrast to onions and garlic, which have recently fallen in price due to excessive production.

Authorities are also struggling to stabilize prices as vegetable prices soar and fluctuate depending on the type.

The Vegetable Industry Development Planning Group, a task force within the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Affairs, reflects on the vegetable supply and demand.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Foods plans to analyze the consumption of fresh vegetables according to changes in production and consumption trends by the end of the year, and to prepare for supply and demand stability and improvement of distribution structure.

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