Production still limited due to environmental constraints. Spice market indicates that crop was good, but exceptionally strong demand has caused prices per kilo for bulbs to increase, rather than soften. Prices continue to firm and correct quality is still difficult to locate.
As pollution controls in China continue to take their toll, we continue to see price increases and quality issues. Pollution controls to mask odor are expensive as waste must be allowed to degrade into fertilizer on land which must be rented for five years. At some point pricing might make it difficult to sustain use in formulation.