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Alternative mode: Many farmers in Kancheepuram district transported their produce by government buses to the markets in Chennai on Thursday. —
Alternative mode: Many farmers in Kancheepuram district transported their produce by government buses to the markets in Chennai on Thursday. —

K. Lakshmi

Most labourers had to go without job owing to the ongoing lorry strike

There was a drop in sales as traders from neighbouring places did not come to the market

Most vegetable prices went down as consumers already bought twice the quantity on Wednesday

CHENNAI: The wholesale market in Koyambedu, which is usually busy with movement of lorries, had buses and mini-lorries bringing vegetables from across the State on Thursday in view of the truckers’ strike.

Vendors at the market said vegetables, flowers, mint leaves and coriander were transported by buses to the market. Though there was sufficient stock to supply the city, there was a drop in sales by 50 per cent as traders from surrounding areas such as Kancheepuram, Chengalpattu and Tiruttani did not come to the market, expecting decrease in arrivals. Most labourers at the market had to go without jobs owing to the lorry strike.

S. Chandran, secretary of Koyambedu Market Licensed Merchants Association, said the market received about 3,000 tonnes of produce against the average 4,500 tonnes daily as suppliers from even Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka operated lorries owned by them. The price of most vegetables went down by afternoon as consumers and retail vendors had already purchased twice the quantity on Wednesday fearing shortage.

While onions were sold for Rs.8 a kg, the wholesale price of tomatoes was Rs.6 a kg. Carrots and broad beans were priced at Rs.10 a kg. One kg of beans was sold for Rs.18 and green chillies priced at Rs.12 a kg. The stock received was adequate for the day’s supply, he added.

Wide gap

However, there was a wide gap between the wholesale and retail rates of vegetables, particularly brinjals (Rs.20 a kg) and tomatoes (Rs.12 a kg) that perish quicker. Beans and carrot were also priced at Rs.30-Rs.32 a kg.

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