Good news for consumers: further fall in prices after Pongal is expected
CHENNAI: More vegetables can be added for a healthy diet as the cost of most vegetables has stabilised in the wholesale market, which has been receiving plentiful fresh produce for a week now.
Vendors at the Koyambedu market said basic vegetables had been available at cheaper rates since last week.
Onions sold at Rs.15 a kg 10 days ago is now available at Rs.10. Similarly, the potato price has also dropped from Rs.12 to Rs.10 per kg. Tomatoes are being sold at Rs.8 a kg.
The market is flooded with field beans commonly known as ‘mochai’ in Tamil for a fortnight now at Rs.8 to Rs.10 a kg.
Vendors said the seasonal vegetable procured from Theni, Gudiyatham and Vellore would be available in plenty for a month.
Another vegetable that could be lavishly added in dishes is green peas, which cost Rs.15 a kg now. It was priced as high as Rs.40 a kg for over two months. Ginger sold at Rs.50 to Rs.60 a kg now costs lesser (Rs.22 a kg). Broad beans sold at Rs.15 a kg till two days ago now costs Rs.10 a kg as the market received 30 tonnes of produce on Monday. Brinjals are sold at Rs.8 to Rs.10 a kg according to its variety. While beans, lady’s finger and carrot fall in the price range of Rs.10 a kg, beetroot costs Rs.8 a kg.
Other vegetables that are priced less than Rs.5 a kg are radish and cabbage.
Cauliflower, green chillies and yam share the same price of Rs.7 a kg.
One of the few highly priced vegetables is drumsticks that is sold at Rs.40 a kg owing to fewer arrivals.
Enought to meet demand
Secretary of the Koyambedu MMC License Holders Merchants Association V.R. Soundararajan said the market received 300 to 400 tonnes of produce daily sufficient enough to meet the demand.
A further dip in the vegetable price can be expected after the Pongal festival.
In the retail market, vegetables are sold at Rs.5 to Rs.8 a kg. While green peas are priced at Rs.20 a kg, onions are sold at Rs.15 a kg.