Vegetable prices rocket after floods
‘‘The supply of these vegetables should gradually return to normal over the coming weeks, as more stock becomes available. ’’
Fresh vegetables are in short supply after New Zealand was battered by three storms in a matter of weeks.
Flooding throughout the country during March and April has seen root rot wipe out entire crops, sending grocery prices skyrocketing.
Foodstuffs spokeswoman Antoinette Laird said the supply of green vegetables to supermarkets nationwide had been affected.
Beans, broccoli, salads, silverbeet, lettuce and spinach were all in particularly short supply, which meant customers might notice the retail price of these vegetables was higher than usual, she said.
‘‘The supply of these vegetables should gradually return to normal over the coming weeks, as more stock becomes available.’’
A spokesman at Countdown said its supermarkets had plenty of salad on its shelves but spinach was in ‘‘pretty short supply due to the very wet weather’’.
The rain has exceeded record amounts in several places in the North Island.
The Tasman Tempest dumped more rain in some places in six days than is usually expected for the entire month of March.
It was followed closely by the remnants of Cyclone Debbie and ex-cyclone Cook, both of which brought heavy dumps of rain to many regions.
Auckland market gardener Fay Gock said she and her husband Joe had been growing in Mangere for more than 50 years and conditions had never been this bad.
She expected their entire crop of cauliflower, which was due for harvest this month, would be ruined.
The kumara they had planted was probably rotten too but they wouldn’t know until they took those out of the ground, she said.
The prices for onions and potatoes would also skyrocket in coming months as those crops would have been wiped out too.
‘‘For me, it’s going to be a bad year.
‘‘This is the first year that we have noticed such damage.’’
Insurance wouldn’t cover the Gocks’ losses and they would probably be left out of pocket by huge amounts, she said.
Wet weather had also meant an increase in vermin eating what was left of the crops.
‘‘We fight the weather and we fight the vermin.
‘‘We are in a war zone.’’