Vegetable price at record high; Rs 110 for onions, Rs 400 for drumstick
Mananthavadi: Vegetable price is soaring in the markets in Kerala breaking all records. Merchants are tensed as the skyrocketing prices has seriously affected sales. Shallots, garlic and onions are sold for the highest price of late.
The price of shallot is Rs 160 per kilogram and garlic price is at Rs 240 per kg. Onion price ranges from Rs 80-Rs 110. The price of onion is decided according to the size of the onions. Larger ones are charged more. As there is no alternative option for onion, people are compelled to buy it despite the soaring price.
Drumstick price has also skyrocketed and is at Rs 400 per kg. However, drumstick is not available despite the high price, the merchants said. People have started buying only in less quantity due to the price hike. The price is rather low in shops in rural areas. The price difference is upto Rs 10-20 in villages.
Vegetables are brought to Kerala from Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The price increased as the crops in these states were damaged in the heavy rains recently. Following this, produces are brought in low quantity. Earlier, vegetable loads were carried in lorries whereas only pickup vans are needed for the same now.
Onions imported from Egypt
As the price hike continues, onions are imported from Egypt. The onion imported from Egypt is brought to Kerala from Bengaluru. Import was necessary as the onions brought from Karnataka and Tamil Nadu were inadequate. However, the price remains the same. The merchants opined that the imported onions are of low quality compared to the onions cultivated here.