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Pattaya Daily News

27 October 2010 :: 10:10:32 am 44844

Local Fresh Food Prices Spiral As Regional Floods Intensify

The increasingly worsening flooding in the Northeastern and Central parts of Thailand has forced up the price of vegetables in Sriracha and other local markets due to severe supply shortages. The situation is hardly likely to improve in the near future and prices of all perishable goods can be expected to rise everywhere in the Pattaya region. Let’s just hope that unscrupulous vendors don’t take advantage of the situation to hike the price beyond affordable levels.
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Sriracha, 25 October 2010:[Pattaya Daily News] Reporters who surveyed markets in the Sriracha district discovered that the prices of fruit and vegetables were increased. The vegetable sellers stated that because of the severe flooding problem over extensive parts of Thailand, the price of vegetables was increasing due to a shortage of supply. Prices had risen at the main local sources, Talad Thai market and Simummueng market (Bangkok) and the increases were a knock on effect

As an example, the price of canton and kale were 40 baht per kg., corianders cost 350 baht per kg., bean s had increased from 35 to 60 baht per kg, radishes now cost 30 baht per kg., cauliflowers 30 baht per kg., and chilis were selling for 120 baht per kg. In addition, herbs like sweet basil, basil, and mint had shot up from 30 to between 100-120 per kg. baht. Inevitably, shoppers are cutting back, which has had the unfortunate effect of vendors raising their prices still further.

Realistically, this combined situation of prices hikes and fresh fruit shortages is unlikely to improve in the short run and the only alternative is to stock pile and/or buy from local growers.

Reporter : Yanwarrut   Photo : Yanwarrut   Category : Community News

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