Kochi: With the hike in vegetable prices, Keralites will be forced to spend a lot of money on their favourite dishes.
In the retail market, 1kg of carrot and beetroot will now cost Rs 80 and Rs 65 respectively. Green chillies will cost Rs 60 per kilogram. It is learnt that the price of all vegetables is likely to go up further in certain places.
According to vegetable vendors, unseasonal rainfall in various parts of the country has led to the rapid increase in the prices.
As Kerala is mainly dependent on vegetables from Andhra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, the shortage of supplies in these states could adversely affect prices here.
The prices of shallots (small onion) and drumsticks have also gone up by 90 - 110 percent within the last three months.
Meanwhile, hotels and restaurants are in crisis owing to the rise in prices of essential commodities such as rice, meat, fruits, grains among others.
However, Kerala Hotel and Restaurant Association (KHRA) has decided not to increase food prices for the time being. In addition, the sector has also been significantly affected by the hike in labour wages, building rent, cooking gas and firewood.