Prices of vegetables in the Central Market soared by seven percent last month compared to the same period last year. However, prices were only 2 percent up last month compared to February, said an official report.
Prices of Chinese ginger that was sold at QR4.50 a kg in March last year jumped to QR9.50 last month. Other vegetable that became costlier was Jordanian capsicum with the prices reaching QR6.50 to QR8 for a kg, said the report issued by the Consumer Protection Department.
Vegetables that became costlier last month compared to February were Chinese garlic, local koosa (zuccini), Saudi cauliflower and Jordanian capsicum.
More than 19,000 tonnes of vegetables arrived at the Central Market last month, 18 percent more than the average monthly supply in the past two years.
India ranked first among the exporting countries, followed by Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and China. Locally produced vegetables came second in the list.
Prices of fruits were stable in March compared to the previous month, but declined 6 percent compared to the same period in 2013.
About 6,421 tonnes of fruits arrived at the Central Market last month. The Philippines ranked first among the exporting countries, followed by Lebanon, Egypt, Pakistan, the US, China and France.
Fish prices also soared by 7 percent in March compared to the same period last year. However, prices declined by 8 percent last month compared to February.
A significant decline was seen in the prices of rubib from QR30 to QR20 per kg, zubaidi from QR20 QR14, kanad from QR35 to QR28 and hamour from QR35 to QR31.
Meat prices were stable last month but fodder prices declined by 16 percent compared to March 2013
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