Consumers complain of rising prices at local fresh markets

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Locals have hit out at what they say are rising prices at local fresh markets throughout Prachuap Khiri Khan.

The price of fresh vegetables on sale at the local fresh market have risen steadily in recent months, say market traders.

Prices rose during the recent vegetarian festival and then due to flooding in central Thailand affecting farming and supply chains, resulting in a shortage of some produce, prices have risen further still.

In addition, the easing of COVID-19 restrictions have resulted in increased consumer demand.

Some vegetables have more than doubled in price.

For example, yardlong beans typically cost around 30 baht per kg but have risen to 80 baht per kg, while coriander normally costs 70-80 baht per kg has risen to a whopping to 250 per kg.

The price of Thai eggplant is up from the usual 25-35 baht per kg, to 50 baht per kg.

Kale has tripled in price from 20 baht per kg, up to 60 baht per kg.

Most market traders say they buy produce from Ratchaburi province. They say the rise in prices will also be passed onto customers and small restaurants who also buy produce from the local markets.

However, it is expected that the high prices will remain for only short period of time.

Meanwhile, traders at Chatchai Market, the main fresh market in Hua Hin, say business is starting to improve after the market was recently ordered to close following a COVID-19 outbreak.

Since its reopening, safety measures have been stepped and public health officials are regularly spraying disinfectants.

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