Vegetable and fish prices come down
The prices of vegetables and fish at the retail markets in Pettah had
come down considerably from the high prices that prevailed during the
last few weeks. Most low country vegetables were sold at prices around
Rs.40 Ė 60 per kilogram at the Manning Market yesterday while the prices
of fish at the St.Johnís market, Pettah had also reduced by about 30
percent it was observed yesterday.
The prices of red onions which was over Rs. 100 per kilogram during
the previous weeks had come down to between Rs. 50 and 60 a kilogram.
Brinjals, batu, bandakka, pumpkin, radish, cucumber, bottle gourd,
and almost all the low country vegetables except for drumsticks were
sold at prices as low as Rs. 40 to 60 per kilogram yesterday at the
Manning Market, Pettah.
Traders said since onions and other food crops were coming in freely
from Jaffna, Dambulla and other producing areas. Prices have come down
Beet and leeks too were sold Rs. 40 to 60 a kilogram but carrots,
capsicum and beans were much higher and were sold at Rs. 120 to 160 per
The prices of all the varieties of fish had come down at St. Johnís
fish market Pettah except for seer.
Nicholas, a trader at the fish market for the last 50 years said
stocks of fish from Jaffna were coming to Colombo now and this has
resulted in an average 30 percent decrease in the prices of all
varieties of fish.
Crabs were sold at Rs.150 to 200 and shrimps at Rs. 280 to 300 per
kilogram respectively at the fish market but most fish vendors buy
stocks and sell them at higher prices and therefore most consumers do
not get price reductions due to intermediary vendors.
A kilogram of Thalapath was Rs. 520, Kelawella Rs. 480, Paraw Rs.
400, Balaya Rs. 250, Hurulla Rs. 280, Salaya (big) Rs. 150 rand the
Salaya small variety was only Rs. 30 at the St Johns market.
Rambutan and Mangosteen that were in abundance during the season were
sold at various prices while grapes were also sold at different prices
varying from Rs. 150 to 200 for 500grams in Pettah yesterday.