Many growers across Sri Lanka are experiencing a drastic drop in fruit and vegetable production; available crops are being sold at higher prices. However, the Manning Market in Colombo saw a reduction in prices when compared to the past few days. Stocks of fruit were limited due to the shortage of fertiliser, but there was an excess of bananas and the prices are extremely low, said the Chairman of the Manning United Progressive Union Priyantha Wijesundara.
A complete stoppage of goods might be expected in the next 2-3 weeks because vegetables are unconsumable due to inclement weather as well as a shortage of diesel, will stop transportation.
Meanwhile, the Thabutthegama Economic Centre reported a 60% drop in vegetable stock and a lower turnout of farmers and buyers when compared to normal days. The Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre also saw a massive drop in supplies.