Following unusually heavy rains, vegetable costs have skyrocketed.

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However, while price fluctuations in vegetables are nothing new, this year’s post-monsoon rains is having an impact on important kitchen mainstays such as onion and tomato, which have surged to Rs100 per kg in retail.

The abrupt and extreme rainfall that occurred in Nepal during the third of October, nearly a month after the monsoon season normally finishes, not only devastated paddy fields that were ready for harvest, but it also had an influence on vegetable production, resulting in a price increase for vegetables.                                                                                                                                                                                                       As a of the unusually heavy rainfall, prices for typical household products such as onions and tomatoes have already skyrocketed. Based on data from the Kalimati Fruits and Vegetable Market Development Board, the wholesale price of onion has risen to Rs72 per kg from Rs60-70, while the wholesale price of tomato has increased to Rs90 per kg from Rs40-45.

In other words, customers are paying Rs100 per kg for these culinary necessities, with vegetable sellers predicting that costs could grow even more, to Rs150 per kg in the future.

Based on the comments of Anil Basnet, founder and CEO of Metrotarkari, a leading online vegetable and fruit retailer, the price of onions imported from India has increased, and the recent rains have harmed the quality of the onions. In order to make up for the in goods, traders are raising the price, according to Basnet.

He went on to say that the impact of unseasonal rains can be seen in the rise in vegetable prices, which have seen dramatic increases in recent weeks.

“Vegetable prices have climbed by 50-60 percent as a of the rain that began to fall last week,” he stated. Prices are projected to climb further as a result of a in production and an increase in demand as the Tihar and Chhath festivals approach, as well as the reopening of practically every sector, according to him.

As reported by the Department of Customs, the country imported 25.40 million kilos of onions for Rs946.38 million in the first two months of the current fiscal year (from the middle of July to the middle of September).

‘The unseasonal rainfall has caused damage to many vegetable farms, particularly winter vegetables that had just recently been planted, and production will be hampered,’ Basnet added.

Fields brimming with crops that were ripe for harvesting have been inundated by the recent rains. Many in the Tarai region, including Banke, Bardiya, Dhangadi, and Kailali, who produce winter vegetables after harvesting paddy have been adversely affected by this.

“The of Jumla have stated that the rainfall has harmed their lentil and Marsi rice output,” Basnet added. “The farmers of Jumla have stated that the rainfall has harmed their lentil and Marsi rice production.”

In the retail market, okara is sold for Rs100 per kg, whereas cauliflower is marketed for Rs150 per kilogram.

Consumers are paying between Rs95 and Rs100 per kilogram of Nepali potato from Kavre, whereas the wholesale price is between Rs70 and Rs72 per kilogram. A in Indian potato production combined with an increase in demand for potatoes resulted in consumers spending as much as Rs150 per kg during the same period last year.

Basnet stated that the first batch of produced potatoes will command higher prices, but that pricing should return to normal once more food from other places arrives on the market.

However, according to Binay Shrestha, information officer of the Kalimati Fruits and Vegetable Market Development Board, there has been no similar increase in vegetable prices because supply has not been adversely affected to the same extent.

The impact of the unseasonal rainfall on the price of vegetables has not been negligible because we do not obtain produce from the regions affected by the unseasonal rainfall. Every day, 600-700 tonnes of veggies are delivered to the market, and the volume is continuously increasing,” he explained.

Bijay KC, of the Kalanki Vegetable Market, stated that vegetable prices are expected to return to normal following the conclusion of the festivities because demand will continue to climb till the month of Chhath is completed.

KC further stated that the price of potatoes may rise as a of the unseasonal monsoon in India and Nepal, which has an impact on the production of potatoes.

A total of Rs1.42 billion in vegetables were brought into the country during the month of mid-July in this fiscal year, according to data from the central bank.

 

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