The heavy downpour has caused heavy damage to greens and vegetables resulting in the prices shooting up. Even coriander leaves are costing Rs 200 per kg, reported Kannada Prabha.
The rates at Hopcoms are Rs 200 for coriander leaves, Rs 140 for fenugreek and Sabbakki leaves and Palak is sold at Rs 103 per kg. The heavy rains have caused water logging at the fields resulting in greens rotting. It is reported that 8- per cent crop has been destroyed by rain. Hence the price hike. The vegetables like pumpkins and guards also rot for excessive water.
The rates of onions and tomatoes which had hit the ceiling recently are facing another crisis. Due to drought in the previous year only 20 to 30 percent sowing was undertaken this year. But the heavy rains have damaged onions to a great extent and 80 per cent of the onions supplied to market are rotten. While the public are facing the price rise the farmers are actually incurring loss.
Farmers in Anekal, Tumakuru, Maluru, Kolara, Chikkaballapura and Bangarapete have suffered heavy losses due to crops rotting. Currently vegetables are being procured from Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu but since there is no storing facilities vegetables are getting spoilt easily. Coriander leaves are being procured from Dharwad and Hubli.
The Bengaluru market used to get 800 to 1200 lorry loads of onions during October-November. This year it has come down to 500 to 600 lorry loads. On Monday only 300 loads are supplied. At APMC old stored onions are being sold at Rs 30 to 40 per kg. At retail the rates are at Rs 50 to 52 per kg. In Bengaluru city alone daily 120 lorry loads of onions are consumed.
Hopcoms director Dr Vishwanath said it is being discussed to procure vegetables from north Karnataka but the farmers there are hesitating to send to faraway places. Talks are being held. Coriander leaves are being procured at Rs 230 per kg.
B Ravikumar, director, Onion Traders Association, Yeshwanthpur, said a sac full of onions weighing 50 kgs are purchased at Rs 1500 but it will contain a minimum of 4 kg of bad onions. Onions that get wet cannot be stored for long. We are planning to procure onions from Maharashtra and north Karnataka, he said.
The potato trader Uday Shankar said we were getting 8000 to 10000 quintal potatoes from Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. That has come down to 6000. Rains have destroyed 80 percent of the crops, he said.