Nepal: Vegetable prices spike as cold wave grips Terai belt

A cold wave sweeping across the Terai - a lowland region in southern Nepal and northern India - has not only made life hard for locals but also sent vegetable prices shooting up in the Kathmandu Valley. Prices of fresh produce have been rising from last month after temperatures in the southern plains, the country’s key vegetable producing region, started to drop.

The intense cold has led to a drop in vegetable production in the Terai, and the Valley’s requirements are being fulfilled by supplies from surrounding areas. However, demand outstrips supply, which has caused prices to rise steeply.
According to retailers in the Kalimati vegetable market, prices have jumped up to 111 percent in the past month. Prices of sword bean, cauliflower, cucumber, French beans, yam, cauliflower local and bottle gourd have jumped more than 50 percent. And according to The Kathmandu Post, vegetable prices probably will not go down anytime soon.

However, prices of vegetables like dry onion, potato and tomato have dropped. Despite this, retailers in the Kalimati Fruits and Vegetable Market, the largest vegetable market in the country, are worried that high prices might keep potential customers away.

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