Vegetables from Tamil Nadu triple in price in Singapore

Tiruchirappalli vegetable markets are humming with activity ahead of the Tamil New Year. Many different traders are packing brinjal, beans, cucumbers, mangoes, bananas and the seasonal palm fruit in export-grade bags.

Over 70 per cent of fresh vegetables in Singapore's Little India are flown in from Tiruchirappalli and Chennai in Tamil Nadu. And amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the vegetables have become at least three times more expensive since March last year, when India imposed a three-month lockdown, said the Singapore traders.

According to, the price hike is felt most acutely during festive seasons - such as the Tamil New Year (which is being celebrated today), Deepavali, Eid and Christmas - when fresh produce is in high demand in countries with Indian-origin populations. Large traditional meals are cooked at home and restaurants serve special dishes.

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