The prices of vegetables are going up at wet markets in Singapore, with some prices doubling as compared to the prices of a few weeks ago. Market vendors said poor weather conditions in Malaysia have caused a shortage in supplies as farms are flooded, resulting in poor crop output. Transport is also an issue, because roads are closed owing to severe flooding.
One marketer told straitstimes.com: "The constant rain in Malaysia has made it hard to transport goods, and we've lost a lot of supply due to the poor weather. The green leafy vegetables like spinach are more badly affected because they spoil easily in water."
The vice-secretary of the Singapore Fruits & Vegetables Importers & Exporters Association, Jerry Tan, noted that prices usually tended to tick upwards towards the end of the year because of the monsoon season, but this year has been exceptional. "Usually, some areas in Cameron Highlands that still get some sun will be able to supply tomatoes. But this year, the entire area has been raining for the past few weeks. When this happens, the tomatoes cannot ripen and the supply will be affected."
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