Incessant rains have increased vegetable prices in Karnataka, especially in Bengaluru where the price of tomato has almost touched Rs 100 per kg. Due to the rains, vegetables were not arriving in markets in sufficient quantities, which had led to the steep rise in the prices. The state has been witnessing continuous rains since the last 15 days.
According to siasat.com, tomatoes are being sold between Rs 100 to Rs 110, onion is priced between Rs 40 to Rs 60. Bottlegourd, radish which used to be available for Rs 15-30 are now being sold at Rs 30 to Rs 60. Potato is sold for Rs 30 to Rs 50. If the rains continue, tomato prices will touch Rs 150, traders say.
Vegetable prices also up in rain-struck Chennai
Incessant rains have sent vegetable prices soaring in Chennai as the supply of goods nosedived due to limited transportation during the rain.
According to traders in the major vegetable markets, prices of tomatoes touched Rs 120 a kilo on Saturday even as those of brinjal (big) and ladies finder topped Rs 95-107 and Rs 80 a kilo in the retail market. Rates of onions, however crashed down to Rs 38 from the range of Rs 40-50 a few days ago upon fresh arrival of onions.
The ongoing northeast monsoon has severely disrupted transport, waterlogging arterial roads due to the steady downpour. According to several studies, Chennai has received well over 60% excess rainfall over the past year compared to the previous year.
[ Rs100 = €1.20 ]
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