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The prices of vegetables soared high due to the unprecedented rains across the island during the last season, the All Island Unified Economic Centres and Manning Market Traders Union (AIUECMMTU) said.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror, the Union’s National Organiser H.M. Upasena said the reason for the present vegetable price increase couldn’t be blamed on any person –especially, the government.

“There is a shortage of carrot and leeks in the market,” he said.

"In previous seasons, the rainfall was balanced and didn’t affect the crop, but the recent rain occurred once all around the country," he said.

"I have never seen such vegetable price rise during the past forty years of my life,” he said.

“It will take time for the prices to return to normal. For that, we have to wait at least another three weeks to see a small change on the prices," he added.

"A slight decrease was shown due to less consuming vegetables by people. If people consume more vegetables the prices would be much higher than the present prices," Mr Upasena said.

“People should take measures to consume alternative vegetables such as dhal, potatoes, big onions and dried fish as their prices have not changed,” 

“The Government, however, had managed to import potatoes and big onions to control the price increase,” he said.

The retail prices of a kilo of selected food commodities in Pettah as follows:

Beans- Rs. 383, Carrot - Rs.392- Cabbage- Rs.179, Tomatoes -Rs.175, Brinjal -Rs.365,  Snake Gourd - Rs.190, Red Onion (local)-Rs.590.

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  • Anmanpan Monday, 13 January 2020 12:30 PM

    Good idea. May I suggest grass to the jokers who made this suggestion.

    ANTON Monday, 13 January 2020 01:29 PM

    YES , THE BEST CHOICE IS THE GRASS AND CROTAN LEAVES.

    Karu Monday, 13 January 2020 01:41 PM

    High price vegetables, fruits and fish finally end up in the garbage bin with no takers in the supermarkets.

    Seg Monday, 13 January 2020 01:59 PM

    How much is a kilo of grass ?

    goonbag Monday, 13 January 2020 02:12 PM

    AIUECMMTU gee that's a mouthful.

    johan Monday, 13 January 2020 02:22 PM

    Where is the subject minister who promised the price reduction to all commodities. He must tell about this

    Hans perlee Monday, 13 January 2020 02:30 PM

    Potatoes, vegetables?????? Since when?

    mohandev Monday, 13 January 2020 02:54 PM

    Time to eat grass i guess

    Sunil Nannehie Monday, 13 January 2020 03:14 PM

    You are safe guarding government after several weeks

    BUS HE Monday, 13 January 2020 04:35 PM

    Now rain was the cause. In March drought will be the cause. Keep giving the cause for soaring prices is not a solution and it needa no government.

    Common Man Monday, 13 January 2020 05:03 PM

    “People should take measures to consume alternative vegetables such as dhal, potatoes, big onions and dried fish as their prices have not changed,” Are these vegetables? This guy needs some basic education.

    Shihan Monday, 13 January 2020 05:16 PM

    All of a sudden nothing is the governments fault.. how strange


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