The price of vegetables has shot up in the last few days across the district because of widespread crop loss in the rain.
Markets in the districts have recorded a steep fall in the arrival of vegetables.
Even in the 11 Uzhavar Santhais in the district too, the vegetables prices have registered an upward trend much to the concern of the consumers.
The price of tomato has shot up to Rs. 60 a kg in the uzhavar santhais in the district on Tuesday, compared to Rs. 30 last week. The onion, which was selling at Rs. 44 a kg is at present priced at Rs. 54, and the small onions Rs. 50 a kg compared to Rs. 40 last week.
The price of beans has touched an all time high of Rs. 94 a kg, compared to Rs. 40 last week.
The carrot has been priced at Rs. 46 (Rs. 33 last week); brinjal at Rs. 34 – Rs. 40 (Rs. 20); potato Rs. 36 (Rs. 28); Lady’s finger Rs. 32 (Rs. 21); drumstick Rs. 90 (Rs. 55); beetroot Rs. 46 (Rs, 30); ridge gourd Rs. 24 (Rs. 18).
Even though the tomato is priced at Rs. 50 in the Uzhavar Santhais, it was sold at a price as high as Rs. 80 a kg in the open markets in the district.
Mecheri in Salem district, and Hosur and Royakottai in Krishngiri district, and Palacode in Dharmapuri are the major tomato growing centres in the western districts. Tomato is usually raised in about 20,000 acres in Dharmapuri and another 15,000 acres in Krishnagiri district.
About 5,000 grades, each grade comprising 25 kgs, used to arrive at the Royakottai market every day.
Now it has got reduced to 50 grades a day. In Palacode market, a 15 kg box of tomato is being sold at Rs. 750.
With the commencement of Sabarimalai season, when the devotees are expected to eat only vegetarian food, there is going to be more demand for the vegetables, further leading to the rise in prices in the next few days.
In Thammampatti town and its surrounding villages such as Sentharapatti, Gangavalli, and Koodamalai, the standing crops have been badly hit.