Vegetable prices to soar ahead of Onam
Nilambur: With rains affecting farmlands, vegetable prices will skyrocket this Onam. Vegetable farmers are facing a setback following the incessant downpour in the state.
As seeds are not sprouting in the rainy days, there is a considerable fall in the vegetable production. In many places, farmers have not planted vegetables due to bad weather. Hence, the shortage of vegetables will lead to hike in vegetable prices.
Price of vegetables increase day by day from the last two weeks. As there is no supply in local market, vegetables are being taken from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Vegetables from other states are being sold at high rates in the market.
Monsoon largely affected the vegetable production in other states too.
Earlier, price of cowpea was Rs 35-40 per kilo and at present it rose to Rs 60. Ash guard price (Kumbalam) rose to Rs 30 from Rs 15 and cucumber price rose to Rs 35 from Rs 20.
Price of Nendran variety plantain is skyrocketing ahead of Onam. Earlier it costs Rs 30 -35 but at present it costs Rs 50. According to vendors, Nendran prices may increase to Rs 70 soon.
Meanwhile, prices of carrot and beetroot doubled. Beetroot prices rose to Rs 40 and carrot costs Rs 50 in the market. Green chilli prices hit a record by increasing to Rs 80 per kilo from Rs 30. It is reported that it will touch Rs 100 soon.
Meanwhile, prices of small onion and drumstick came down to Rs 55 and Rs 35 respectively. Earlier both were priced at Rs 70 per kilo. Prices of pulses also dropped.