The spread of COVID-19 has taken a toll on Indian wholesale vegetable trade, as many farmers are unable to realise even the transport costs.
“We are procuring just 50 % of the quantity of vegetables that used to come to Coimbatore every day,” says M. Rajendran, president of TK Market wholesale vegetable traders Association.
The wholesale prices of vegetables have dropped and some farmers and traders are unable to realise the transport cost. With high number of cases in Kerala, the wholesale traders there are unable to supply the usual volume to the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu. Most of the traders do not take delivery of the pre-Covid quantity. With the second wave of the pandemic in Coimbatore now, if the vegetable markets are shifted, the traders will be hit further, Rajendran told The Hindu.
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