Prices of some fresh produce items have doubled at the Southern Wholesale Market in Debe following last weekend’s extensive flooding. Vendors also believe price hikes are keeping customers away.
Vendor Rickey Maynard: "Usually the market is full of people, but today it is dead. We are waiting to see if we get some more customers by the late evening. Today, hardly anyone came to buy and many people are watching how they spend."
Maynard said some wholesale crops were now so expensive it was not possible to buy them. "Cucumbers sold for $500 a bag (€65) compared to $250 last week. If we buy that for $500, what price will we sell it?”
The T&T Guardian also noticed a disparity in prices. One vendor sold large foreign tomatoes for $15 a pound while another sold medium-sized local tomatoes for $20 a pound. The vendor could not explain why foreign tomatoes, which were unaffected by the floods, were being sold for $15.
According to the Guardian, Not everybody chalked up the price hikes to the floods. One vendor said the crops are expensive in the lead-up to the festival of Diwali. Regardless, several customers said the high price of goods was affecting them.