Vegetable price goes up as summer heat affects crop production
Kochi: Vegetable price is on the rise as the local production of crops has decreased due to scorching summer. The price of indigenous vegetables like long beans, beans, okra, raw banana, which are produced locally, has started increasing in the market. The price will keep rising as the summer is likely to get hotter. The arrival of vegetables has already diminished in the market.
The price of long beans reached Rs 40 - Rs 50. String beans price is Rs 50, whereas price of okra and beans has reached Rs 40. The price of Njalipoovan banana has gone up to Rs 40 and it is Rs 50 for bitter gourd. The rate is expected to rise further in the coming days. The vegetable plants get dried up in the intense heat and scarcity of water affects irrigation too.
The arrival of vegetables from Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka also has decreased. The price of onion has not risen yet. The price rate of vegetables goes like Rs 40 for small onion, Rs 20 for large onion, Rs 25 for potato, Rs 35 for beetroot, Rs 30 for beans, Rs 40 for drumstick, Rs 25 for cabbage, Rs 30 for cauliflower and Rs 30 for raw banana.
Ashraf K. K., vice president of Ernakulam Market Stall Owners Association, said that the increasing heat has seriously affected the vegetable market. The production of both the indigenous vegetables and those brought from other states have decreased. The price will go up in the coming days. however, the price of onion is less likely to rise as there was a surplus in production this season, he added.