The forecast for a rise in the price of vegetables in the wake of extensive crop damage caused by the recent storm has been proved correct—by several hundred percent.
That’s how much prices of some vegetables have shot up in local markets, reports Globes.
The price of tomatoes at wholesalers Wednesday was NIS 8.40 per kilogram compared with just NIS 2.50 three weeks ago — a rise of 236%. Cucumber prices have risen by 122% from NIS 3.50 per kilogram to NIS 7.80 in the same period.
The biggest price rise was recorded by eggplants (aubergines) which have soared five-fold from NIS 1.50 per kilogram before the storm to NIS 8.50 per kilogram — a rise of 466%. Zucchini has more than tripled in price from NIS 4 per kilogram to NIS 13 while lettuce has doubled from NIS 18 for eight units to NIS 16. Cauliflower has risen 218% in price to NIS 7 from NIS 2.2.
Retailers report severe shortages in zucchini, eggplant, and cauliflower and less serious shortages in tomatoes, cucumbers and red cabbage.