Birgunj vegetable prices jump as monsoon begins

- SHANKAR ACHARYA, PARSA

Jul 12, 2018-

With the start of monsoon, vegetable prices in the markets of Birgunj have increased sharply. Prices of most vegetables have doubled over the week. 

Tomato, cauliflower, radish, bitter gourd, lady finger and pointed gourd prices has jumped significantly in the local market. 

As the local production has not been able to fulfill the market demand, it is normally supplied from Bara, Lalbandi, Makwanpur, Palung including imports from Kolkata, India, traders said. 

Price of pointed gourd has more than doubled to Rs80 per kg this week as compared to Rs30 per kg last week. Pointed gourd is normally imported from Kolkata. Price of cowpea and lady finger has jumped to Rs80 per kg each from Rs20 per kg each.  

Bottle gourd and sponge gourd that used to cost Rs20 per kg each in the local market a week ago, now costs Rs70 per kg each. 

Bitter gourd price has jumped to Rs60 per kg from Rs30 per kg in the local market while cauliflower costs Rs100 per kg, up from Rs60 per kg. 

Bijay Koiri, a local vegetable trader in Birgunj, said that due to early monsoon this year, vegetable prices have skyrocketed in the local market. 

This year, monsoon arrived on June 8 in Nepal, two days earlier than its normal schedule.  

“Due to monsoon, production drops as a result prices increases.”  He said that the prices are expected to increase further.

Published: 12-07-2018 09:03

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