Wholesale prices of some of some vegetables have soared in Coimbatore as cold weather has impacted arrivals from the farms in the district. Growers say that the vegetables are grown on less than 10 % of the total area at present because of the weather. The flowers will wither during winter and hence farmers will not grow these crops during these months.
Farmers will start sowing for the new crop only in April-May and prices will start reducing by May or June, they said. M. Rajendran, president of Thyagi Kumaram market vegetable growers association, said the wholesale price of the gourd variety of vegetables has gone up. However, prices of tomatoes and big onions have dropped.
“There is no cultivation of tomato in the district or in Karnataka at present. Arrivals are from Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and Chattisgarh,” he said. Arrivals from Coimbatore district will start only in April. In the case of big onion too, most of the arrivals are from Maharashtra. The arrivals from Maharashtra will go on till June. Prices of vegetables such as carrots, beans, beetroot, and cabbage have dropped to ₹10 to ₹20 a kg, he said.
[ ₹100 = €1.10 ]