Veggie prices dip, but may go up again

Prices that had gone up due to marriage season were brought down by increased inflow
Veggie prices dip, but may go up again


Even as the steep increase in onion price is gathering storm in the national capital, prompting the Centre to impose a minimum export price, it has crashed to Rs 25 per kg from Rs 40 per kg that it was selling at last week. The prices of other vegetables and flowers, too, have registered a dip, said traders at Koyambedu wholesale market.

While the hike in prices last week was attributed to the marriage season that increased the demand, it was brought down considerably due to increased inflow of vegetablesand flowers.

“Barring a few vegetables, prices have come down overall. Now, onion is being sold for Rs 25 per kg, potato for Rs 20 per kg, tomato Rs 10-15 per kg, beans Rs 40 per kg, broad beans Rs 20 per kg, cabbage Rs 10, carrot Rs 25-35 per kg, and peas for Rs 80-100 per kg,” said Koyembedu wholesale market secretary P Sukumaran.

The prices are bound to fluctuate till the end of the month, he said, adding, “We are expecting an increase of at least 10 per cent in the coming days.”

Similarly, flower traders at the market also saw a fall in prices. “For the past one week, flower prices were higher than usual due to ‘muhurtham’ days. Now, the price has fallen by half compared to last week, as the demand has reduced. Jasmine is being sold for Rs 120-150/kg (last week Rs 300), jasminum sambac (mullai) for Rs 90-120/kg (from Rs 250), crossandra Rs 500/kg (from Rs 650), and rose for Rs 30 (from Rs 70). The price will increase during Navarathiri and Ayudha Pooja,” said Malar Podhu Vyabarigal Sangam secretary S Mookandi.

According to Dhanasekar S, secretary, Kai Kani Malar Podhu Nala Sangam, pomegranate price has increased and is selling at Rs 1,500 for a 10 kg box, while apple price has decreased to Rs 1,800 from Rs 3,000 for a 25 kg box. Prices of other fruits remained stable, he added.

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