Veggie prices likely to remain high

BY PANEETHA AMERESEKERE | Published: 2:00 AM Jul 30 2021

BY PANEETHA AMERESEKERE 

Vegetable prices are likely to stay at elevated levels based on the Agriculture Department’s latest Yala 2021 data released on Monday (26 July) which showed that though vegetable production estimates, end June 2021 over end May 2021 increased by 40.71 per cent (103,847 metric tons (mts)) to 358,907 mts, it was yet short by 36.95 per cent (210,361 mts), compared to the final Yala 2020 production figure of 569,288 mts. 

The reported cultivation progress of up country and low country vegetables are 56 per cent and 65 per cent respectively vis-à-vis Yala 2021, the Agriculture Department said. Ash plantain, pumpkin, okra, knol-khol, brinjal, and tomato reported above 65 per cent progress from their target, it said.

 Highest cultivation extent reported for Brinjal (3,206 hectares) followed by long bean (2,740 ha), pumpkin (2,684 ha), okra (2,309 ha) and tomato (2,168 ha), it said. ‘Bean and brinjal reported highest cultivation share in up country and low country vegetables,’ the Department stated. 

Meanwhile, the Department’s latest Yala 2021 data showed that the Yala tomato harvest estimates were trailing by 15.52 per cent (6,767 mts) to 36,828 mts over Yala 2020; cabbage by 31.92 per cent (14,155 mts) to 30,184 mts; knol-khol by 35.70 per cent (2,741 mts) to 4,936 mts; cucumber by 36.45 per cent (8,461 mts) to 14,751 mts; bitter gourd by 28.61 per cent (6,395 mts) to 15,956 mts. Pumpkin by 35.98 per cent (23,047 mts) to 41,005 mts, Luffa production, down 40.35 per cent (7,827 mts) to 11,572 mts; brinjal by 38.03 per cent (27,551 mts) to 44,893 mts; okra by 41.95 per cent (16,613 mts) to 22,989 mts; radish, 47.10 per cent (10,974 mts) to 12,323 mts; snake gourd by 41.38 per cent (8,910 mts) to 12,624 mts; carrots by 53.01 per cent (18,898 mts) to 16,750 mts. 

Long beans estimates down by 46.96 per cent (21,365 mts) to 24,133 mts; leeks by 56.65 per cent (13,818 mts) to 10,576 mts’ beet, by 48.73 per cent (10,323 mts) to 10,859 mts; capsicum, by 47.57 per cent (7,897 mts) to 8,703 mts and beans, by 51.39 per cent (18,190 mts) to 17,205 mts, respectively, Agriculture Department data showed.

BY PANEETHA AMERESEKERE | Published: 2:00 AM Jul 30 2021

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