Vegetable prices swell as rain damages crops

Vegetable prices swell as rain damages crops

Jul 13, 2014-

Wholesale and retail prices of vegetables have swelled 10 to 71 percent in the last two weeks in the Kathmandu valley.

Traders attributed the rise to short supplies. Vegetables such as cauliflower, cabbage, potato, green pea, French bean, bitter gourd, bottle gourd, pointed gourd, mustard leaf and eggplant have become dearer compared to last week, said the Kalimati Fruits and Vegetables Market Development Board (KFVMDB).

Cauliflower, which cost Rs 30 per kg two weeks ago, now costs Rs 52 per kg in the wholesale market. Cabbage soared to Rs 38 per kg from Rs 33 per kg last week, while eggplant costs Rs 17 per kg, up from Rs 19 earlier. The price of cow pea has increased to Rs 48 per kg from Rs 31 and French bean costs Rs 53 per kg, up from Rs 32.

Bhagawan Chandra Upreti, a wholesaler at the Kalimati market, said that short supplies had led to a rise in vegetable prices. “Shipments from major producers of vegetables like Dhading, Kavre and Palung and districts in the Tarai have dropped,” he said. “Farmers said that incessant rain last week had damaged their crops.”

Meanwhile, potato and onion prices have gone up slightly since last week. According to the KFVMDB, red potato increased to Rs 44 per kg from Rs 41 while onion rose to Rs 48 per kg from Rs 45 two week ago.

Traders said that potato and onion prices could remain on an upward course indefinitely as shipments from India have dropped and prices there are still high. “We have to import almost all our onion requirements and around 70-80 percent of our potato requirements from India, and prices there is still high,” said Ujjwal Karki, a potato and onion trader at Kalimati.

However, prices of small and big tomatoes, radish, cucumber, capsicum, coriander greens and mushroom have fallen by up to 50 percent. The wholesale price of big tomato has come down to Rs 18 per kg from Rs 23 while small tomato has dropped to Rs 15 per kg from Rs 17. Likewise, radish prices have plunged 50 percent to Rs 18 per kg. Cucumber, which was selling for Rs 55 per kg earlier, has dropped to Rs 53 per kg. Similarly, capsicum has decreased 19 percent to Rs 70 per kg in the wholesale market.

Big tomato has become cheaper and now costs Rs 38 per kg against Rs 40 per kg earlier while small tomato is being sold at Rs 28 per kg against Rs 30 per kg last week in the retail market.

Published: 14-07-2014 10:27

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