Vegetable price escalates as farmers unable to sell off products
Vegetable price soaring in the time of coronavirus lockdown is creating anxiety among the general public. In Idukki district, the price of vegetables almost doubled within 24 hours. This is particularly painful since certain sections of the public have no means of income currently.
Green chilli and 'button' onions are the two items that saw the highest increase in price. The price of onion 'button' was Rs.60, but on Wednesday it reached Rs 120per kg. Green chilli, which was sold for Rs 20 per kg, is now priced at Rs 100.The price of tomato was Rs 10 per kg until Sunday but now it has soared to Rs 50.
The heavy rush to markets due to panic created by COVID-19 is one of the reasons why the price of vegetables has increased. Also there are not enough transportation facilities to bring vegetables from villages.
Meanwhile farmers are struggling to sell their vegetables due to the nationwide lock down. In Piravam and Pambakkuda, the market auction that was supposed to take place on Thursday has been postponed until further notice.
Market auctions are being held across panchayats in the state to ensure farmers from villages get a fair price for their products. In Pambakkuda market alone, vegetables worth lakhs of rupees were auctioned last week, said PU Chacko and PV Biju.
They also added that the postponement of the auction would be a huge blow to the common farmers in the region.