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 straitstimes.com, 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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