Newsday Logo
Banner
spacer
Monday, August 31 2015
spacer

Latest

spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer

Entertainment

spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer

Opinion

spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer

Newsday Archives

spacer

Classifieds

Business (8)
Employment (121)
Motor (92)
Real Estate (170)
Computers (4)
Notices (15)
Personal (40)
Miscellaneous (25)
Second-hand stuff (1)
Bridal (38)
Tobago (83)
Tuition (48)

Newsletter

Every day fresh news


A d v e r t i s e m e n t


spacer
Search for:
spacer

A d v e r t i s e m e n t

Banner



Vegetable prices rise

By LEISELLE MARAJ Tuesday, November 25 2008

LAST week’s heavy showers not only flooded the capital but also damaged, and in some cases destroyed, fields of food crops leading to a rise in the price of several popular vegetables.

A trip to several markets yesterday showed that tomatoes are priced between $10 and $13 a pound, cassava is $2 a pound, up from $1.50 a pound, while sweet peppers are priced at $10 a pound, an increase of three dollars from the previous price.

Wholesale, the price for hot peppers increased by $50 to settle at $400 a bag and cucumbers are selling at $350 a bag, up from $275.

A farmer out of Paramin, who did not want to be named, said she had to destroy her tomato crop and begin replanting after heavy rains ruined the November crop. She added the high cost of fertilisers also added to her distress.

“After spending $5,000 on that crop, the rains came and ruined it. We have to start anew and spend a further six to seven thousand dollars on the next crop.

And then we are blamed by government for high food prices. The situation is unfair to farmers,” she complained.

Sahadeo Babwah, another farmer whose field is located in Aranjuez, blamed the high price of tomatoes on low production.

With most crops being destroyed by heavy rains and flooding, he explained, farmers’ stocks are low or have been depleted.

“I am now planting a new crop of tomatoes but this will be ready in nine weeks,” he said.

Terry Bahal, a farmer in Caparo is predicting even higher prices as the Christmas season rapidly gets into full swing.

“People will feel the effect of the recent floods in about two to three weeks time when Christmas produce is expected to hit the markets.

There will be a shortage because of the floods,” he predicted.

Bahal, who said he is one of the largest grown cassava farmers said this crop would be particularly scarce since the access road to his crops has been impassable since the recent heavy rains.

“I have no access to my crops because the condition of the dirt road leading to it is deplorable.

The road has deteriorated because of the rains but mainly because of a lack of maintenance,” he lamented.

The rise in the prices of vegetables would come as bad news to consumers after the price of rice and poultry was reduced last week.

spacer
    Print print
spacer
spacer

A d v e r t i s e m e n t

Banner

Top stories

 • Mile relay team takes silver
 • Gypsy a PNMite
 • Kamla promises jobs in Pt Fortin
 • Lack of Drainage Gangs reason for the floods?
 • A geat escape from school stress
 • London: Engage in sobering reflection

Poll Question

Which party will you vote for to form the next government of Trinidad and Tobago?


Who will get your vote for next Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago?


Do you agree with Dr Rowley’s claims that we are in for hard times following the election?


Pictures & Galleries


spacer
spacer
spacer

The Ch@t Room

Have something to say ?
Click here to tell us right now!

RSS

rss feed

Crisis Hotline

Have a problem ?
Help is just phone call away.

spacer
Copyright © Daily News Limited | About us | Privacy | Contact
spacer

IPS Software by Agile Telecom Ltd


Creation time: 0.074 sek.