The retail price of dry garlic imported from China climbed to a record high in the domestic market last Sunday as imports from China have stopped since the past two weeks following a coronavirus outbreak in China.
According to the Kalimati Fruits and Vegetable Market Development Board, the price of dry garlic has doubled in two weeks. The coronavirus outbreak is the main reason behind the price rise, according to Binaya Shrestha, deputy director of the board.
“Garlic is imported from China. Everyone is aware of the outbreak, which has prompted a closure of border with Nepal. Since the supply has stopped, importers have hiked the prices of their stocks,” said Shrestha.
He said that the country relies on imported garlic during this time of year, which is considered an off-season as the domestic stocks run out. The board’s figures show that Nepal imported 203 tons of garlic between mid-December last year and mid-January. But, between January 15 and February 2 total imports stood at 98 tons, according to the board’s data.
The surge in the price of dry garlic comes after a similar rise in the price of onion a few weeks ago following a restriction on exports by India, the main supplier of onion to Nepal.