In Coimbatore, India, carrots that were selling for ₹50 per kg in July sharply rose in August and crossed ₹100 a kg in September. The prices of other vegetables like beetroot, beans and potatoes also doubled during the Tamil month of Purattasi (September-October). Usually, prices of vegetables drop again after Purattasi, but this time, prices of most vegetables are still high, only some seeing marginal drops.
Traders blame rain that hit and damaged vegetables, resulting in short supply of locally-grown okra and brinjal and hill-grown carrot, potato, beetroot and cauliflower. Traders say they are receiving half the volumes of vegetables they usually get, resulting in rising prices.
The price of vegetables from farm to fork appears to escalate mostly at the traders’ end. For instance, a farmer from the Nilgiris sells a kg of potato for ₹20 to the trader, which is sold at the supermarkets for ₹50. Similarly, a kg of beet root is sold for ₹25 by the farmer, but costs ₹60 at the retail shop.
[ ₹100 = €1.10 ]