Vegetable prices up –Hettiarachchi


Chairman of the All-Ceylon Integrated Special Economic Centres Association, Aruna Shantha Hettiarachchi said the price of vegetables in the local market has risen yet again due to a lack of fuel for vegetable transportation.

As it is not possible to transport the necessary stocks of vegetables from the Nuwara Eliya Economic Centre to the various economic centres and tourist hotels islandwide, including the Colombo Manning Market, the price of vegetables has increased, and the crops of the Nuwara Eliya vegetable farmers cannot be sold due to the present situation. He said vegetables may have to be thrown away.

“Due to a lack of vegetables in the local market, a kilogramme of Nai Miris costs Rs 1,600, green chillies Rs 1,200, local potato Rs 550, Fish Chilli Rs 850, Bitter gourd Rs 600, beans Rs 500, carrots Rs 400, cabbage Rs 320. Vegetable retailers in the Hatton region have said high vegetable prices have hampered their business,” he said.

By Neeta Pathma Kumari – Norwood