Residents attempting to keep a tab on their expenses will be delighted with the prices of vegetables this week. There has been a dip of at least Rs. 5 per kg in the cost of most vegetables in the city.

A spurt of arrivals at the Koyambedu wholesale market over the past few days has contributed to the reduction in cost, said wholesale traders. Carrots and broad beans, which were priced up to Rs. 40 a kg in the wholesale market last week, are now sold at Rs. 18-Rs. 20 a kg.

The cost of beans, which has remained high for many months, dropped by half to Rs. 20-Rs. 25 per kg.

Green chillies, brinjals and ladies fingers have also become affordable, with their price plummeting. The cost of potatoes and onions however, has remained stable for a few weeks now.

S. Chandran, a wholesale trader in Koyambedu, said that a bunch of greens, which was sold for Rs. 6 earlier, is available for Rs. 2 at the wholesale market and for Rs. 5 at retail outlets.

Crop harvesting season began in neighbouring states from mid-August. Though rains have not been sufficient, the Koyambedu market is receiving an additional 100 lorry loads of vegetables every day. Residents will be able to enjoy the benefit of the dip in the price for two more months.

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