Vegetable prices soar in Oman

Vegetable prices in the city have shot up by 25 to 100 per cent and most traders say it is likely to remain the same for some time. Some of the vegetables that are seeing price rise include onions cauliflower herbs and cabbage.

While some traders attribute the surge to decline in local production others say problems in vegetable exporting countries like Syria Jordan and India have contributed to the rise

Bottle gourd which was earlier available for around 275bz per kg in city markets costs nearly 600bz while carrots that were around 400bz cost 650bz per kg.

A wholesaler at Mawaleh Central Market said that extreme summer condition has hampered local production. 'We usually import vegetables from Syria and Jordan to meet the shortfall. The continued unrest in Syria and shortage in Jordan has contributed to the price rise.' Another wholesaler Shahhid Kath who supplies vegetables and fruits to supermarkets said 'There is a shortage of Indian onions. Heavy rains in several parts of India have damaged the onion crop.'


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