Produce prices hike with shipping delays from India

Local market | Photo: Hotel Jen

Malé, Maldives – The prices of produce, vegetables, fruits and eggs have hiked in the Maldivian market with shipping delays from India due to poor weather in South India.

While few ships with produce have reportedly arrived in the capital Malé, the vegetables such as potatoes and cabbages imported from Sri Lanka and Pakistan is purchased at higher prices when compared to India.

Speaking to local news Adhadhu, local businessmen report that this shortage is not expected to be prolonged. Stocks of major Maldivian imports from India including eggs, onions, cabbages and watermelons are almost exhausted with businesses expecting shipments to arrive in a week.

Torrential rainfalls and floods hit south India in the past two weeks with the northeast monsoon. Unstoppable rainfall has killed Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Telangana, and Karnataka with the India Meteorological departments (IMD) predicting more rainfall in Karnataka and Telangana this week.

Other South Indian states are expecting a decrease in rainfall activity over south peninsular India from Sunday for next 3-4 days. Meanwhile, the Maldivian businesses await ships from India for staples and produce.