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Heavy rain and flood causes vegetable prices to rise up

KATHMANDU: The supply of green vegetables in the Kathmandu Valley has declined sharply for the last two days due to continued rainfalls across the country.
‘The supply of green vegetables to the Kalimati Fruits and Vegetables market, largest vegetables market of the Valley, has almost nil on Saturday. Continued rainfalls for the last three days have affected the vegetables supply in the Valley,” said Bhagawan Chandra Upreti, wholesaler of Kalimati market.
Around 350 tonnes of vegetables arrived at the Kalimati market on Friday which was almost 50 per cent below than the normal vegetable supply but these vegetables could not be sold due to damages caused by rainfall, he said.
He said that the supply of vegetables in the valley will start after the improvement in the weather.The supply will decline as rainfall has affected the production of vegetables across the country.
The continue rainfall has damaged the vegetables in the farms, he said and added that the price of vegetables did not increase in the market even after the reduction in the supply due to damages caused to the vegetables.
“Consumers are not ready to buy available vegetables. So, the price of vegetables declined instead of increasing in the market even afterthe short supply,” he said.
He said that the price of green vegetables will increase in the days to come as there would not be the supply of green vegetable as per the demand.
Upreti said that the supply of green vegetables from hilly parts including, Kavre, Sindhuli, Palung and Dhading will resume shortly provided the transport system would remain smooth.
However, the supply of vegetables will decrease from the various parts of Terai as the floods have damaged the vegetables farming.
The farmers are facing losses after the damage to their vegetables owing to incessant rainfall, he said. “The rainfall has damaged vegetables in large amount. So, they are facing losses in the sale of vegetables,” Upreti said.
The price of tomatoes produced in tunnel farming has stood only Rs. 60, he said.
The wholesale price of per kg of cauliflower, cabbage, chilli, okra, bitter gourd, capsicum and local cucumber is Rs. 35, Rs. 20, Rs. 80, Rs. 35, Rs. 35, Rs. 50, Rs. 65 respectively.

Published Date: Saturday, July 13th, 2019 | 09:38 PM

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