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Sloppy weather sends produce prices soaring

Date Posted: 2010-04-22

Restaurants and home consumers are both bemoaning higher costs for vegetables, a situation wholesale markets blame on bad weather than stunts produce growth.

The Okinawa Central Wholesale Market reports that cabbage and lettuce costs have jumped to a wholesale cost of •112 per kilogram, while green bell peppers now cost •333 for a kilogram. Eggplant has climbed to •293 for a single kilogram, while onions now cost •152 per kilogram. The 15% price increase, produce wholesalers say, is caused by the lack of sunshine, which vegetables need to grow, or to grow larger.

The Okinawa meteorologists say the weather will continue to be bad through the end of April, and it gets worse from there. The annual rainy season begins next month, and with that rainís in the forecast daily. The weather is expected to push costs even higher, but wholesalers are reluctant to even speculate how much.

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