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A box of tomatoes which cost 1,300 meticais during the festive season was selling yesterday, on the third day of the year, for just 50 meticais.
According to vendors in the wholesale market of Zimpeto, the abrupt fall is the result of a shortage of buyers. And because tomatoes are perishable, the only solution is to attract customers with low prices.
Potatoes, however, are increasingly expensive. On December 30, a 10 kilo bag cost between 250 and 380 meticais, but yesterday it cost at least 420 meticais. Onions are also more expensive. Traders blame the high price on the shortage of potatoes and onions in neighbouring South Africa.
Vendors claim to have suffered losses due to the high temperatures in recent days. Some products deteriorated and had to be discarded.Source: O País