The incessant rains over the last week in and around Tamil Nadu have led to vegetable prices shooting up in Puducherry.
The number of vegetable lorry loads coming to the Goubert Market and wholesale markets in Puducherry has also dwindled over the last few days.
According to V. Sivagurunathan, president of Puducherry Goubert Market All Traders Association, Puducherry gets around 80 tonnes of vegetables from Bengaluru, Hosur, Kolar, Andhra Pradesh, Koyambedu and Nashik.
The price of tomatoes, most of which are supplied from Andhra Pradesh, shot up to Rs. 60 per kilogram from Rs. 30 to Rs. 35 some days ago.
Onions went up from Rs. 25 to around Rs.50. French beans are selling at close to Rs.100 per kilogram in the Goubert Market.
The prices of carrot have increased from Rs. 35 to Rs. 45 per kilogram while cabbage and beetroot prices have touched Rs. 20 and Rs. 30 respectively.
The city gets vegetables such as carrot, beetroot, cauliflower from Bengaluru and chillies and tubers from Andhra Pradesh.
Brinjal prices have reached Rs. 60 to Rs. 70 from around Rs. 20 last week, said Raju, a vendor in the Grand Bazaar. Brinjals are largely sourced from Mettur in Tamil Nadu.
Cultivation of cluster beans and broad beans in the suburbs of Puducherry has been hit by the heavy rains, bringing down its availability, said one of the vendors in the Goubert Market.
Lady’s finger, which is also cultivated around Puducherry, used to be priced at Rs.10 a kilogram, and is now selling at Rs. 50, said the vendor.
Puducherry gets around 80 tonnes of vegetables from Bengaluru, Hosur, Kolar, Andhra Pradesh, Koyambedu and Nashik.
V. Sivagurunathan,president of Puducherry Goubert Market All Traders Association