KATHMANDU, Nov 11: Prices of seasonal vegetables have dropped in the wholesale market, thanks to rise in supply from farms in neighboring districts.
According to Kalimati Fruits and Vegetable Market Development Board, wholesale prices of popular vegetables like tomato, potato, carrot, cabbage, cauliflower, brinjal, radish, green beans, bottle gourd, bitter gourd, pointed gourd and French beans among others have come down in range of Rs 3-15 compared to past week.
Traders said the supply in the Kalimati wholesale market, the main distribution outlet for the Valley, has gone up significantly. Demand, on the other hand, has remained on a lower side.
"Prices have come down mainly due to rise in supplies from neighboring districts with the onset of main harvesting season," said Geeta Parsad Acharya, wholesaler at Kalimati wholesale market.
The Kalimati market at present is receiving more than 700 tons of vegetables, fruits, fishes and spices combined a day, up from around 500 tons received about a week ago.
On Sunday, price of big tomatoes dropped to Rs 27 per kg from last week´s Rs 32 per kg, whereas small tomatoes became cheaper by Rs 11 per kg and was sold at Rs 27per kg. Similarly, white and red potatoes declined by Rs 3 and Rs 5 per kg, respectively and were sold at Rs 35 and Rs 32 per kg. Likewise, price of cauliflower went down by Rs 5 per kg to Rs 32 per kg.
Prices of cow pea, green pea and green onion have come down by Rs 10 per kg each to Rs 27, Rs 47 and Rs 28 per kg, respectively. Bitter gourds and smooth gourds became cheaper by Rs 7 and Rs 5 per kg, respectively and were sold at Rs 30 and Rs 20 per kg.
Price of dry onions came down by Rs 5 per kg, making it Rs 20 per kg, while prices of long and round brinjals came down to Rs 13 and Rs 16 per kg respectively.
However, prices of snake gourd and leafy vegetables have remained unchanged over the past week.