According to the traders, only from next month, the rates will pick up when there would be a shortage of a few vegetables.
“Till last week, the demand for vegetables was more and the sale was going well at the vegetable market. However, when the supply started arriving more than usual, we have witnessed a dip in the business. Also, many hotels and marriages are allowed for only 50 per cent occupancy and are not purchasing vegetables as earlier, which has impacted our business here,” said S Muthukumar, president, Koyambedu Semi-wholesalers’ Welfare Association.
“From next month, the prices of onions are expected to increase due to shortage of supply, because already the supply from Nasik has come down. As we are continuing to receive onions from Bengaluru and Andhra Pradesh we are able to manage it as of now. However, from October the supply from all states will come down, so the rate will go up,” he added.
Currently, tomatoes are sold for Rs 10 per kg, onion Rs 20-25 per kg, beans Rs 35 per kg, carrot Rs 25-40 per kg.
Meanwhile, the fruit prices also saw a dip at the Koyambedu market except for a few. Vendors are expecting an increase in the rate and sales from the next festival season. Now, apple is sold for Rs 100-120 per kg, pomegranate Rs 80-100 per kg, grapes Rs 50 per kg, sweet lime for Rs 30-35 per kg, pineapple Rs 35 per kg, and orange Rs 100 per kg.