CHENNAI: Chennai residents can now breathe a sigh of relief as vegetable prices have fallen sharply as supply has increased from neighboring states to the Koyambedu wholesale market. Traders said the selling also increased in the past two days almost after two months.
“Due to untimely rains in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and interior districts of Tamil Nadu, the market has experienced severe shortage of supply for more than two months. Although the stock has gradually increased recently, some vegetable prices, including beans, broad beans and peas, have remained high. , we receive more than 475 vehicles of vegetables per day,” said P Sukumaran, Traders Secretary of Koyambedu Wholesale Market.
Prices fell at least 20% on Monday. Tomato prices have skyrocketed for more than three months and are now being sold at Rs 15-20 per kg. Other vegetables onions, potatoes sold at Rs 25 per kg, beans Rs 60 – Rs 70 per kg, broad beans Rs 40 – Rs 50 per kg, carrots Rs 30 – Rs 40 per kg and beets Rs 25 – Rs 30 per kg. However, raw mango rates jumped abnormally to Rs 80 per kg as the season is expected to end soon.
When there was an increase in vegetable prices, the sale dropped by 50% at the Koyambedu market. For the past two days, traders have been witnessing an increase in activity.
“Over the next few days, vegetable prices are expected to remain stable or decrease by another 15%. If there is sudden rain in the neighboring state and Tamil Nadu, the supply will decrease,” said K Babu, a wholesaler at Koyambedu market. .