Shortage of supply has sent up prices of fruits at the Koyambedu wholesale market. Traders said that the prices are expected to remain high till March or April. In contrast, vegetable prices have gone down due to increased inflow.
The vegetable traders in the market, however, saw a fall in prices. According to traders, the prices would increase from mid-March. “The prices decreased two weeks ago, and from Sunday it was less than usual as we started receiving more vegetables. From March 15, the vegetable prices will increase as the season for second crops will start, and there will be shortage of supply. So, the prices will double,” said P Sukumaran, secretary, Koyambedu Wholesale Merchants’ Association. Currently, onion is being sold for Rs 15 – Rs 30 per kg, tomato for Rs 15 per kg, beans Rs 15 – Rs 20 per kg, carrot Rs 20 – Rs 25 per kg, cabbage Rs 8 – Rs 10, radish Rs 10, and beetroot for Rs 8 – Rs 10 per kg. The flower prices remain steady for more than a week due to continued inflow, said the traders.