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Prices of some vegetables have doubled in the past weeks

By Wong Siew Ying, Channel NewsAsia
23 February 2008

SINGAPORE : Prices of some vegetables have almost doubled in recent weeks.

Importers say this is due to the extreme weather in southern China, which had affected supply of the greens.

The problem is further compounded by the surge in demand for vegetables over the Chinese New Year period.

This saw a reduction in exports to Singapore, and importers had difficulties having their orders fulfilled.

Over the past weeks, only three out of an order of ten containers have been delivered and this shortage has driven up prices.

For instance, a kilogramme of kai lan and chye sim went up by about two dollars to five dollars.

But importers expect prices to soften once more supplies start arriving from southern China next week.

And it will complement stocks from Malaysia and northern China, which remain unaffected. - CNA/ch