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Rains raise vegetable prices in Madurai markets

COSTLY AFFAIR: A customer buying vegetables at the Central Vegetable Marketnear Mattuthavani in the city on Friday. Photo: G. Moorthy

COSTLY AFFAIR: A customer buying vegetables at the Central Vegetable Marketnear Mattuthavani in the city on Friday. Photo: G. Moorthy   | Photo Credit: G_Moorthy

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Trend likely to continue for some more time, say vendors

After the recent spell of rains in the district and surrounding areas, prices of vegetables in farmers’ markets (Uzhavar Santhai) and Mattuthavani Central Vegetable Market have touched a new high.

The prices of brinjal, ladies finger, green pea and cucumber have increased. “The rains have affected the supply. While at least 15 vehicles used to bring vegetables every day, there were less than 10 vehicles this morning,” said S. Amaravathy, a vendor at the Mattuthavani market on Friday. Brinjal was being sold at Rs.40 a kilogram, beans at Rs.50, cucumber at Rs.35 and potato at Rs.30. The prices were lower before the rains, said vendors. Tomato was the only vegetable that was priced less — Rs.10 to Rs.15 a kg. “It will take another 15 days for heavy arrivals into the market. We are expecting the prices to remain stable till Pongal in mid-January,” said S. Kannan, another vegetable vendor.

“The prices might also come down a little when the market gets flooded with ‘mochai’ beans in a few weeks, since they are inexpensive and preferred over other vegetables by many customers,” he added.

At the Bibikulam ‘Uzhavar Santhai’ also prices of potato and brinjal had shot up to Rs.40 per kilo and Rs.55 per kilo respectively. Beans were sold at Rs.55 and ladies finger at Rs.35. Green peas was the most expensive — Rs.100 to Rs.130 per kilo.

“The demand for vegetables has hit the roof in the last one week and will continue to increase due to the ‘marriage season’ that starts in the next three weeks,” said K. Arumugam, Agriculture Officer at Bibikulam market.

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