Staff Reporter

KOZHIKODE: Housewives and hoteliers are forced to use lesser quantity of tomato in various preparations.

The reason - tomato price peaked to Rs.35 on Sunday, to climb down to Rs.32 a kg on Monday. The skyrocketing price of many vegetable varieties for the last one week is burning the purse of the consumer, no end.

Drumstick is being sold at Rs.35 a kg., lady’s-finger Rs.20, beans Rs.30 and carrot Rs.32 a kg.

Wholesale traders attributed the sudden rise in price to lack of arrivals from Tamil Nadu.

K.T. Satish, a retail vegetable trader at Moonamlingal, said last year this time the price of many of these vegetables was only half, including that of cabbage and cauliflower.

The price of tomato was as low as Rs.10 a kg a few months back and Rs.20 last week, traders said.

Heavy rain in Tamil Nadu is believed to be the reason for the shortage in supply.

A sizable quantity of the vegetables brought to the State are from Tamil Nadu, explains a wholesale trader at the Palayam market here.

It is only varieties such as ash gourd, banana, pumpkin, string beans and bitter gourd that are supplied from Malappuram and Wayanad districts, he points out.