Taipei--Vegetable prices in Taipei's wholesale market rose to an average NT$35.9 (US$1.19) per kilogram on Sunday, NT$12.4 or 52.77 percent up from the NT$23.5 per kg the previous day, according to the Taipei Fruit and Vegetable Market.
The trading volume of vegetables was 1,250 metric tons, down 294 metric tons from 1,544 metric tons a day earlier, according to the Agriculture and Food Agency under the Council of Agriculture.
The main reason is that the harvest and transportation of vegetables in Changhua, Nantou and Yunlin counties, the main areas of vegetable production in Taiwan, were disrupted by torrential rain brought by the plum rain stationary front since Friday.
The supply of vegetables is expected to be closer to normal on Tuesday, when the Taipei Fruit and Vegetable Market next opens, because other areas of vegetable production, including Yilan and Pingtung counties, Taoyuan and Kaohsiung, will transport vegetables to Taipei, said the agency.
The agency, which keeps 3,600 tons of frozen vegetables in storage, said it will regulate the supply of vegetables in consideration of market supply and demand and the benefit of farmers and consumers.
In Kaohsiung, the average rise of vegetable price was 28.46 percent -- from NT$25.3 per kilogram to NT$32.5 per kilo, with some leaf vegetables rising a whopping 80 percent, market sources said.
Heavy downpours had slammed Taiwan over the past two days, triggering massive flooding and causing casualties and substantial property losses.
Meteorologist and former Central Weather Bureau official Wu Der-rong (???) predicted that the wet weather will continue until Tuesday, when the stationary front is expected to move away.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel