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Wholesale vegetable prices down despite typhoon

Wholesale vegetable prices down despite typhoon

Taipei, Aug. 8 (CNA) Vegetable prices in wholesale markets across Taiwan fell more than 10 percent on Saturday from a day earlier, according to market statistics, despite the arrival of Typhoon Soudelor, which brought strong winds and heavy rain. In the past, consumers had rushed to buy vegetables when a typhoon came, invariably sparking a price hike. However, Typhoon Soudelor has failed to boost vegetable prices because the bad weather prevented people from shopping which lowered demand, market sources said. In addition, local consumers prepared for the typhoon by making sure they had enough vegetables at home. As a result, demand has been lower and the supply of vegetables on Saturday fell sharply from Friday, sources said. Nationwide, vegetable supply on Saturday dropped 45.41 percent from a day earlier to 1,665 tons, statistics showed. The data also indicated that supply in Taipei fell 30.69 percent to 1,355 metric tons. With lower demand, the average wholesale vegetable price stood at NT$28.5 (US$0.89) per kilogram on Saturday, down NT$4.1 or 12.58 percent from Friday. In Taipei, the benchmark average wholesale vegetable price fell even more, down NT$6.7 or 19.48 percent from a day earlier to NT$27.7 per kilogram on Saturday. Data shows that the average wholesale price for leafy vegetables, which are particularly vulnerable to torrential rain, fell 15.75 percent from a day earlier to NT$23 per kilogram in Taipei. In the capital, the average wholesale price of cabbage, one of the most consumed vegetables locally, fell 10.73 percent on Saturday from Friday, while the average wholesale price of water spinach plummeted 22.79 percent from a day earlier. The epicenter of Typhoon Soudelor made landfall in Hualien at 4:40 a.m. on Saturday before making its way across the central mountains. At about 11 a.m., the eye of the typhoon was located 60km east-northeast of outlying Penghu County and moving in a northwesterly direction, the Central Weather Bureau said. Strong winds and heavy rain will continue in central and southern Taiwan until later on Saturday, the bureau added. (Tsai Yi-chu and Frances Huang)


Updated : 2021-09-23 16:53 GMT+08:00