07 Apr '11, 2am

Vegetable and fruit supply to S'pore affected

THE floods in the south of Thailand have affected the supply of vegetables and fruit to Singapore, causing prices to rise about 20 per cent in wet markets and delaying delivery. Importers told The Straits Times that the prices of young corn and Chinese parsley from Thailand have risen and orders of fruit have not arrived on schedule. 'It's mango season and we were supposed to have a batch coming in from Thailand on Tuesday but it did not arrive,' said a spokesman for fruit importer and distributor Heng Teck Huat Fruits. At wet markets, Chinese parsley for example is going for up to $8 per kg. It used to cost between $6 and $7. Vegetable importers at Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre said that they import vegetables such as young corn, yam, chives and Chinese parsley mostly from Thailand. Leafy greens such as cai xin and kai lan usually come from Malaysia. Heavy rain hit south...

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