Prashan Rajapakshe from the Welisara Economic Centre has stated that heavy rains in the upcountry have had a devastating impact on vegetable supplies. This weekend, Rajapaksa told the media that Nuwara Eliya had been experiencing torrential rains for three months almost continuously. These circumstances have reduced the quality and quantity of the agricultural produce as well as the extent of the land area under cultivation.
Rajapakshe said that low country vegetables were seasonal, unlike the upcountry varieties. That is why, at certain times of the year, the supply of low country produced vegetables dropped drastically and that had been the case for decades.
There was also a drop in the supply of upcountry vegetables and it was mainly due to the continual rains in the Central Province, he said, adding that in the month of November, there had been only three days of sunshine in Nuwara Eliya.