Vegetable prices in the Kathmandu Valley dropped up to 36 percent as fresh winter harvests arrived in the market, bringing relief to consumers hit by skyrocketing prices during the September-October festive season.
Prices of tomato, potato (red), cauliflower and eggplant have fallen by 23-36 percent. The sharp drop in prices has brought joy to homemakers, and officials said the slowdown would check food inflation which is a major concern of the government.
According to the Kalimati Fruits and Vegetables Market Development Board, adequate supply and timely arrival of seasonal produce has made vegetables cheaper. Manoj Dhital, senior marketing officer at the board, said that prices had decreased due to sufficient supply of seasonal vegetables in the market.
The retail price of cauliflower (local) has decreased sharply by 36.36 percent to Rs35 per kg. It was Rs55 per kg two weeks before. Tomato (small) that used to cost Rs55 per kg two weeks ago dropped 18.18 percent. It now costs Rs45 per kg.
The price of tomato (big) has dropped 22.22 percent to Rs35 per kg. The price of potato (red) has decreased 13.33 percent to Rs65 per kg. Potato cost Rs75 per kg two weeks ago. The price of potato (white) and onion hasn’t changed from Rs55 per kg.
The price of eggplant (round) has decreased sharply by 36.36 percent to Rs35 per kg, according to the board.
Eggplant long, black-eyed bean, pea, bitter gourd and carrot have also become cheaper. The price of eggplant (long) has decreased 22.22 percent to Rs35 per kg, while price of black eye bean has dropped 31.58 percent to Rs65 per kg. The price of pea has dropped sharply by 32.26 percent and now costs Rs105 per kg in the market.
The board said that the price of bitter gourd decreased 11.76 percent and now costs Rs75 per kg in the market. The price of carrot has fallen by 14.89 percent to Rs115 per kg. Cabbage and bottle gourd remain unchanged at Rs35 and Rs55 per kg respectively.
Prices of off-season vegetables like okra, pointed gourd and mushroom have swelled. The price of okra increased 15.38 percent to Rs75 per kg and the price of pointed gourd increased 11.76 percent to Rs95 per kg. Mushroom rose sharply by 31.58 percent to Rs125 per kg. According to Dhital, the market has been receiving 650-700 tonnes of vegetables daily from districts like Dhading, Palung, Kavre, Makwanpur, Chitwan, and Bhaktapur.