Consumers and vegetable vendors are severely affected by the sharp rise in vegetable prices.
Traders at the Nuwara-Eliya Weekly Fair said consumers are not purchasing vegetables as the price of a kilogram of all types of vegetables is over Rs.450.
Traders said the economy of the Nuwara-Eliya District is dependent on agriculture adding that if farmers are provided chemical fertiliser, pesticides, and weedicides, the agricultural economy could be enhanced, in turn leading to a drop in vegetable prices.
Vendors claim that a majority of vegetables go to waste adding that they have resorted to selling fruits instead of vegetables.
However, they claim that consumers don’t spend on fruits either.
They claim that consumers ask about the prices of vegetables and turn away citing it is unaffordable.