On the second day of the new year, the Manning Public Trade Association reported the highest vegetable prices in history. The association stated that no vegetable stocks were sent to Colombo on this day, resulting in significant price hikes:
– Carrots: 600 rupees per kilo
– Tomatoes: 600 rupees per kilo
– Beans: 600 rupees per kilo
– Green Chillies: 1000 rupees per kilo
– Cabbage: 500 rupees per kilo
– Eggplant: 500 rupees per kilo
The Manning Public Trade Association expressed concern, stating that in the future, consuming vegetables might become a challenging prospect for people.
Additionally, Dr. Samantha Palliaguru, the Additional Director of the Hector Kobbekaduwa Agricultural Research and Training Institute, explained at a media conference that the primary reason for the surge in vegetable prices is the insufficient supply. Dr. Palliaguru highlighted that increased demand during the festive season has also contributed to the rise in prices.