Wet weather conditions in Malaysia have affected the supply of vegetables to Singapore, which has caused their prices to inch up at some wet markets here. The price of tomatoes went up most, doubling to up to $3 per kilogram at some vegetable stalls. The prices of cabbage and lettuce - mostly supplied by Malaysian farms - have also gone up.
Many vegetable sellers attributed the increase in price to wet weather in Malaysia, which affected supply. Others cited tightened Covid-19 curbs and screenings, and the lockdown in Malaysia from June 1.
At $3 per kilogram, tomatoes were the most expensive at Teck Whye Market. Before June 1, when Malaysia went into lockdown to curb rising Covid-19 infections, they were selling for between $1 and $1.50 per kilogram. Teck Whye Market was also the most expensive for cabbage at $5 per kilogram, up from $3.50 before.