Prices of vegetables have gone down at the Koyambedu wholesale market, which contains supplies for the flood-hit Kerala state. The sellers are forced to divert their supplies to Chennai leading to the cut in prices. Tomatoes, onions and brinjal which were sold at a good price two months ago are now available for just Rs 10 or Rs 15 per kg.
President of the Koyambedu Market Licensed Merchants’ Association, S Chandran, said that the vegetables rates were at their lowest in the past three years during the same season. He added that around 70 percent of vegetables meant for Kerala from Dindigul and Theni regions are now being sent to Koyambedu. Earlier Koyambedu market received approximately 450 truckloads per day but now 500 trucks arrive here including Lorries from neighboring Karnataka as well. These extra loads from Karnataka were actually meant for Kerala.
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According to traders, these reduced prices are confined to Koyambedu market and the rates in smaller markets within the city will depend upon distance and logistics. Around 63 small markets in the city depend upon supply from the Koyambedu vegetable market. In addition the mobile vegetable sellers also purchase vegetables from here still the vegetable price will be low across the city due to rate crash in the Koyambedu market.