The Hindu

50 tonnes of vegetables go bad

- SPECIAL CORRESPOND­ENT

CHENNAI: Friday’s heavy rain took a toll on vegetable traders, with several tonnes being consigned to the dump yard. Prices also shot up. Nearly 50 tonnes of damaged vegetables worth over Rs.1 crore had to be thrown away as they had gone bad for want of buyers. Only 30 per cent of the traders visited the market on Friday. On an average, the Koyambedu wholesale market, receives 5,000 tonnes of vegetables every day.

S. Chandran, president of Koyambedu Licensed Merchants Associatio­n, said the market was receiving vegetables of varying quality due to the heavy rains. Those of good quality are priced high. Green vegetables like beans, brinjals and cabbage got damaged quickly and had to be thrown away.

However, the wastage was minimal on Saturday as sales picked up. Tomatoes were priced at Rs. 50 per kg in the wholesale market.

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