Nenthran at Rs 95; Vegetable prices soar in Onam market
Thiruvananthapuram: With Onam right aound the corner, vegetable prices increased in Kerala. The price rise of vegetables in the public market has upset the household budget. Along with vegetable prices, there is a steep rise in the price of fruits.
Onion, which was priced at Rs 50 for 3 kg, now costs Rs 35 a kg. Prices of banana (njalipoovan variety) has soared to Rs 110 a kg. While nenthran banana prices have touched Rs 95, the cost of raw nenthran ranges between Rs 80 -90.
Vegetables like cowpea (payar) and bitter gourd costs Rs 120 and green chillies costs Rs 100 a kg.
District Horticop Manager Shaji told that over 200 vegetable stalls will be opened in district ahead of Onam. Agriculture products will be collected from farmers in the state. He told that the products which are not produced in Kerala will be brought from other states.
According to vendors, the change in prices of vegetables from Tamil Nadu resulted in the price hike.
Compared to the public market, vegetable prices vary in important markets in the city, including Palayam and Chala. A variation in vegetable prices from Rs 5 to Rs 10 is found in nearby shops. The vendors sell vegetables for different prices as the authorities have not fixed a uniform price.
Price of vegetables in market and Horticop stalls are shown below respectively:
Onion – Rs.35 – Rs.34 Ladies Finger –Rs.50 - Rs.35 Green chilli –Rs.100 - Rs.56 Tomato – Rs.60 – Rs.58 Bitter gourd –Rs.120 –Rs.70 Cowpea- Rs.120 –Rs.83
Carrot- Rs.75 – Rs.60 Lemon – Rs.100 – Rs.83 Onion – Rs.95 –Rs.85 Banana Ethan –Rs.90 – Rs.72 Coconut – Rs.40 –Rs.31 Ginger –Rs.80 –Rs.64
Beans –Rs.70 –Rs.60 Robusta – Rs.50 – Rs.38 Rasakadali –Rs.90 – Rs.110 – Nenthran –Rs.100- Rs.74