Relentless rains have pushed up vegetable prices in Chennai as the supply of goods plummeted due to limited transportation during the rain.
According to traders in the main vegetable markets, the prices of tomatoes reached Rs 120 per kilo on Saturday even though those of brinjal (large) and ladies finder exceeded Rs 95-107 and Rs 80 per kilo on the retail market. Onion rates, however, slumped to Rs 38 from Rs 40 to 50 a few days ago when fresh onions arrived.
A trader in Chennai’s Koyambedu market said prices had increased due to poor arrivals to markets last week as small business owners failed to collect vegetables due to congestion and low supply at the market. detail.
The ongoing northeast monsoon has severely disrupted transportation, clogging arterial roads due to constant downpours. According to several studies, Chennai has received more than 60% of excess precipitation in the past year compared to the previous year.
The low pressure system continues to rain over northern districts along the border, such as Krishnagiri, while Chennai received little or no rain in most places and light showers in isolated places on Saturday. Traders expect prices to normalize as supply resumes over the weekend.