Tomato costs less, but other vegetables more

K. Lakshmi

More consignments of tomatoes come from Andhra, Karnataka

CHENNAI: Prices of many vegetables coming to the city from other parts of the State have increased sharply following the torrential rain last month.

But with more consignments of tomatoes coming in from Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, the cost of the commonly used vegetable has dropped to Rs.10 a kg from as high as Rs.60 in the Koyambedu wholesale market.

V. R. Soundararajan, member of Market Management Committee at Koyambedu, said the cost of many vegetables that are usually low and as a result, preferred by lower income group households have skyrocketed with the rain affecting the yields across the State.

Vendors at the Koyambedu market said brinjal, bitter gourd and snake gourd are among those vegetables that have turned dearer.

Brinjal is priced at Rs.20-Rs.30 as against Rs.9 a few weeks ago. Similarly, snake gourd and bitter gourd sold around Rs.15 a kg last month, costs anywhere between Rs.22 and Rs.25 on account of poor arrivals at the wholesale market.

The prices of onion at Rs.17/kg, potato at Rs.9/kg, and beet root at Rs.10/kg, seem to have stabilised, the vendors said.

Providing comfort to many households also are the prices of seasonal vegetables such as green peas and cauliflower, priced at Rs.20/kg and Rs.8/kg respectively. Green pea supplied from north and central India was priced Rs.90/kg until two months ago, Mr.Soundararajan said.

“Strike has no impact”

The ongoing strike by a section of transporters in Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts has not affected the supply of vegetables to the market, he replied in response to a query.

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