Khalid Al Amin, Head of Food and Agriculture Committee at Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), said that prices of many vegetables have fallen between 30 percent and 50pc after hitting peaks during the start of Ramadan. He expects prices to continue to fall until they normalize.
The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, and Tourism earlier said that it is closely monitoring the prices of all food products in the local markets to ensure there is no price rise during Ramadan. "The prices of all basic food products including fruits and vegetables are being monitored," the ministry had said. On tomato price rises, the ministry said the reasons are many including high prices in the countries of origin, weather fluctuations, and lack of adequate imports.
The price of tomato was 700 fils a kilo at Manama Central Market yesterday against the peak price of BD1.1 a kilo a few days ago. The ministry attributed the cucumber price rise to the impact of weather conditions on the cultivation and production in cucumber exporting countries apart from logistical issues related to shipping.
[ BD 1 = €2,45 ]