Meatless festival prompts vegetable price hikes

September 29th, 2008 - 10:07 am ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Prices of vegetables in the markets have climbed up as Chinese vegetarian food festival officially begins today (September 29), while agricultural areas nationwide have been adversely affected by flash fllods.

The veggies’ price hike is also atributed to prevailing flash fllods nationwide, which resulted in less supply of vegetables in the market when compared with the same period of last year. Increased demand of the products during the vegetarian food festival is another major contributing factor.

Mrs. Ratsani Kosadan, a seller in a Trat province’s fresh food market said that prices of vegetables have so far increased 5-10 baht per kilogram.

List prices of vegetables in Trat today are: Chinese kale 20-28 baht per kg; morning glory 20-30 baht, brassica chinensis 18-25 baht, lettuce= 20-25 baht, cabbage 20-28 baht, fresh chilies 60-70 baht, cilantro 10-12 baht per gram and lime=1-2.50 baht per piece.

Prices of meats, including pork, and poutry, including chicken meat, are relatively stable due to the vegetarian festival which prompted Chinese-Thai consumers eat less meats.

Source : National News Bureau, Public Relations Department of Thailand

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