June 30, Colombo: Sri Lankan consumers have observed a sharp increase in vegetable prices in the country and the authorities attribute the price increase to the adverse weather prevailed in vegetable-growing regions.
Nuwara Eliya District Secretary D.P.G Kumarasiri told the national radio that lasting drought in the hill country district during the past few months has caused a shortage of upcountry vegetables at the market.
The shortage has led the traders to raise prices, the official explained.
The Divineguma Department has planned a programme to encourage farmer families start vegetable cultivation in this Maha season. Required planting materials and seeds will be provided to them free of charge, the official said.
Meanwhile, vegetable production in the Jaffna peninsula has also decreased sharply due to inclement weather conditions.