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KATHMANDU: The price of vegetables has started declining after Dashain. As per the Kalimati Fruits and Vegetable Market Development Board,the price of vegetables including cauliflower, potato, carrot, radish, barley and brinjal has started declining after the start of the vegetable season.
The aforementioned vegetables which used to cost over Rs 100 a kg before Dashain have seen their prices decline well below Rs 100 a kg.
According to the board, the price of potato, onion, beans, cauliflower, eggplant, barley and greens has declined by 60 percent in a week. As per the list made available by the board, the average price of Indian tomato has dropped by Rs 10 per kg to Rs 68 a kg.
Similarly, the price of red potato has gone down to Rs 78 per kg while that of white potato has descended by Rs 30 a kg to Rs 68 per kg.
Meanwhile, Indian onions are being sold for Rs 121 per kg which is a decline of Rs 12. Likewise, Chinese onions are available at Rs 68 per kg. Similarly, the average price of carrots has also decreased from Rs 87 per kg to Rs 68 a kg, lemons by Rs 20 to Rs 105 and eggplants/brinjals by Rs 25 to Rs 23 per kg.
Likewise, cauliflower is now available at an average price of Rs 74 per kg and radish at Rs 28. The price of beans has dropped by Rs 20 to Rs 33 per kg.
According to the board, the price of vegetables had persistently gone up till Dashain due to low supply. At present, around 500 tons of vegetables are brought to Kalimati vegetable market everyday while only 200 tons of vegetables used to come to Kalimati during Dashain.
However, the price of some vegetables hasrisen by up to 80 percent. The price of vegetables such as yard long bean, cabbage, bottle gourd, sponge gourd, among others has started increasing. The price of bottle gourd increased by Rs 12 to Rs 45 per kg, sponge gourd to Rs 48 per kg and cabbage to Rs 73 per kg.
About 30 percent of the vegetables including lemon, potato, onion and bottle gourd at Kalimati are imported from India.
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