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Vegetable Prices Drop As Wet Season Harvests Start

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By Joshua Kato        

The price of green vegetables and tomatoes has dropped drastically in the last two weeks thanks to the beginning of early harvests by farmers across the country.  

Vegetable farmers who planted at the beginning of the first rains in July have started harvesting. 

In most markets across the city, a basket with at least 10 tomatoes goes for as low as sh2,000 at the moment compared to sh5,000 in August. 

There are more supplies of green vegetables like dodo (amaranthas) nakati, garden eggs, sukuma wiiki etc. 

It is relief for both traders and consumers because, at the peak of the vegetable scarcity, some of the cabbages on the market were imported from Kenya.

“The vegetable corridor of Wakiso that includes areas like Busukuma, Namayumba and Masulita is now yielding and that is why supply is increasing,” Hajjati Zaina Kizito, a vendor at Kalerwe market says. 

This supply will go on through the Christmas season. 

Other vegetable growing areas include Kayunga, parts of Nakaseke, and parts of Mukono. 

According to a survey across Kampala city markets, Kalerwe market had the cheapest vegetables, followed by Nakawa, Busega, Natete, and Wandegeya while the most expensive was Nakasero. 

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