Rising veg prices change consumer behaviour; health warning from top nutritionist.
A sharp vegetable price hike, together with the domestic cooking gas shortage and safety issue, has given rise to a marked change in consumer behaviour
In most markets, the scenes were the same – people buy small quantities and go for low-priced vegetables or green leaves. Those who cooked three vegetables for a meal are now forced to cook only one vegetable for a meal along with another dish of soya meat, dhal or kadala.
Veggies such as beans, carrots and capsicum are no longer affordable for many:
Whether they were markets in vegetable cultivating areas or urban areas, the sentiments expressed by the people were similar—frustration at not being able to afford a minimum intake of veggies in their daily meal..
The consumption patterns have clearly dropped. All the green leaves like Mukunuwenna and Kathurumuranga leaves are the fastest-selling items these days,
In Pettah many consumers were seen picking up small quantities between 100 to 200 grams.