Amid a spurt in the prices of vegetables in Thiruvananthapuram, the government took steps to stabilize the rates. Thiruvananthapuram News – Times of India


Thiruvananthapuram: Heavy losses in the continuous agriculture sector Rain left it cost NS vegetables The sky is touching the city.
In less than two weeks, the price of tomato has reached Rs 100/kg. Beans and long beans have also crossed Rs 100 per kg. In the city markets, the price of drumstick increased from Rs 40 to Rs 120 per kg and that of big chillies increased from Rs 50 to Rs 200 per kg. The prices of vegetables including onions, cabbage, which were earlier sold for Rs 20 to 40 per kg, are now being sold for Rs 60 to 80 per kg.
The main reason for the skyrocketing prices of vegetables is that the supply has been reduced due to heavy rains in the neighboring states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. Vegetables coming from North India, including onions and potatoes, are cheaper than those coming from South India, as the region was not much affected by the rains. Vegetables got spoiled due to rain, due to which vegetables are not coming in the market. The rise in the prices of vegetables is troubling the consumers as they are still battling the financial crunch caused by the pandemic.
“The price of almost all vegetables has gone up and consumers are finding it difficult to buy vegetables at higher prices on a daily basis. There has also been a decrease in the demand for vegetables among the public. There has also been a decline in the quantity and quality of incoming vegetables. Retail vegetable vendors are not buying vegetables as usual due to less number of consumers. This will continue till the rains bring relief. Once the rains stop, the sector will restart and prices will return to normal,” said R Chandran, a vegetable vendor at Palayam market.
Agriculture Minister P Prasad said here on Friday that the current hike in market prices of vegetables would be brought under control in a week.
The minister said that in addition horticorp And with the Vegetables and Fruits Promotion Council of Kerala (VFPCK) swung into action, the government has tasked agencies to buy vegetables directly from growers in neighboring states. “All possible steps are being taken to bring the prices under control. The Managing Director of Horticorp will visit Tamil Nadu on Friday to interact with the producers there.
He said that the Agriculture Department is also planning to procure vegetables grown by farmers within the state and VFPCK has been given the charge of procurement.
Horticorp Managing Director J Sanjeev said that based on the decisions taken in the high level meeting convened by the Agriculture Minister on Wednesday, Horticorp has taken steps to intervene in the market to reduce the prices of vegetables.
He said that 41 tonnes of vegetables have been procured from markets like Tirunelveli and Mysore to be put in the vegetable markets of the state. He said, ‘Based on the instructions of the minister, we have started procuring vegetables and are supplying them in the market at 10-20 per cent less than the current market price.