A basket of various vegetables was sold for around Rs 560 on Friday at the Vacoas market. This is a decrease of Rs 135 compared to the cost of a basket on September 8th. This decrease is attributed to the fact that certain vegetables have experienced a price drop, such as the price of tomatoes which went from Rs 40 to Rs 35, and pattypan squash and bok choy which went from Rs 50 to Rs 30. This decrease can be explained by the fact that the prices of several vegetables have remained stable for several weeks.
According to vegetable growers, the decrease in vegetable prices could have been more pronounced if fertilizer prices were not so high and if the climate was more favorable. “One day it’s hot, one day it’s cold. This temperature variance, coupled with strong winds, greatly affects vegetable growth,” explains one grower. He suggests that like everyone else, he would have liked vegetable prices to be more accessible as it would have helped improve his sales.
He also explains that due to a “slight increase” in vegetable prices, growers now have to go to the National Wholesale Market in Belle-Rive to collect their vegetables. “It’s logical that they have to cover fuel costs,” he says.