SINGAPORE - Inclement weather has reduced vegetable yield from farms in Malaysia, causing vegetable prices to rise by as much as 20 per cent.
The reduced yield has also caused a corresponding fall in import volume of Malaysian vegetables, Shin Min Daily News reported on Monday (May 29).
The report added that celery, spring onion and coriander prices are thought to be the hardest-hit, citing vegetable sellers in Singapore wet markets.
Said a vegetable seller at the Toa Payoh Lorong 8 wet market, who was identified only as Mr Chen: "Vegetable roots have rotted in the waterlogged soil."
Prices of celery at wet markets have increased by 20 per cent, from $5 to $6 per kg, while spring onion and coriander have increased from $6 per kg to $7 per kg and $14 to $16 per kg respectively.
The prices of other vegetables have also increased, but by an insignificant degree, added the report.
Import prices for celery, spring onion and coriander have also increased by about 50 per cent, revealed Mr Jerry Tan, who is general secretary of the Singapore Fruits And Vegetables Importers & Exporters Association .
He added that the price volatility of these three vegetables was caused by low import prices previously, prompting many Malaysian farms to stop cultivating them.
This amplified the adverse impact of the weather on yield for these vegetables.