Tiruchirapalli

Vegetable prices fall with better arrivals

HAPPY HOUR: Prices of vegetables have been witnessing a significant drop in Tiruchi market. Photo: B. Velankanni Raj

HAPPY HOUR: Prices of vegetables have been witnessing a significant drop in Tiruchi market. Photo: B. Velankanni Raj   | Photo Credit: B_VELANKANNI RAJ

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Retail vendors at Gandhi Market vying with one another to exhaust stock

With copious rainfall across Tamil Nadu and Karnataka contributing to increased farm productivity, particularly of vegetables, markets are witnessing better arrivals over the past few weeks. Retail vendors at the Gandhi Market have been vying with each other to sell off their produce. The price of tomato which was sold at Rs.20-25 a kg a month ago has now come down to Rs.15, mainly due to increase in yield. Similar is the price of carrot (from Rs.40 to Rs.20); cabbage (from Rs.20 to Rs.15); and lemon (from Rs.10 to Rs.1.50 per fruit). The prices of a few vegetables have remained stable as in the case of potato (Rs.30 a kg) and brinjal (Rs.40 to Rs.50).

A cross section of retail vendors point out that a sharp increase in the arrivals of carrot and cabbage from Bangalore, Kodaikanal, and Udhagamandalam has resulted in the fall in the prices of these vegetables.

Cluster beans prices up

Cluster beans is the only vegetable which has registered a hike in the price. P.Krishnan, a farmer of Punganur, who markets his cluster beans at the Gandhi Market, said the rain has done more harm than good to his crop. As his 40-day crop, raised on an acre during purattasi pattam was nearing harvest this month, the moderate showers for a few consecutive days last month had caused a fall in yield. Against his average daily harvest of 50 kg, he could harvest just 30 kg. Further, the crop was also discoloured. The wholesale price of cluster beans has now shot up to Rs.14 a kg from its price of Rs.8 a fortnight ago.

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