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Sri Lanka: Vegetables in short supply due to the fertilizer crisis

The supply of vegetables to economic centers has also declined sharply due to the fertilizer crisis, according to the traders.

Traders say that the supply of vegetables to the Peliyagoda Manning Market has decreased by about 60 percent. They also stated that if the stocks of vegetables continue to decline, there will be queues to buy vegetables.

HM Upasena, President of the Manning Trade Union, said the wholesale price of vegetables has also increased with the decrease in the stock of vegetables reports

Dambulla Economic Center Traders Association President UB Ekanayake said the prices of vegetables are increasing rapidly due to the decrease in the supply of vegetables to the Dambulla Economic Center.

Although an average of 2 million to 2.5 million kilos of vegetables are brought to the Dambulla Economic Center daily, only 700,000 to 800,000 kilos of vegetables have been received today, Ekanayake said.

The price of a kilo of upcountry vegetables such as beans, banana peppers, carrots and leeks ranges from Rs. 200 to Rs. 350, while the low country vegetables also sell for more than 150 rupees, according to the Dambulla Economic Center Traders Association President.

Farmers who had brought vegetables to the economic center said that the shortage of fertilizers and pesticides had also affected the harvest.


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