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Vegetable prices to stay high for three weeks after Typhoon Sepat

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

High vegetable and fruit prices in Taipei City caused by Typhoon Sepat's heavy rain are expected to continue for three weeks, a spokesman for the Taipei Agricultural Products Marketing Co said yesterday.

The rain and strong wind in central and southern Taiwan damaged farmland and blocked transport from mountain areas, affecting supplies, the spokesman said.

Sunday's vegetable supply in Taipei fell to 643 tonnes, which is only 43 percent of the figure from Saturday, while the wholesale price of vegetables surged to NT$37.5 per kilogram. The wholesale price prior to the typhoon was around NT$20 per kilogram, the spokesman said.

Prices of leafy vegetables and melons increased by 40 percent on Sunday. The wholesale price of cabbage, which was affected the most by the typhoon, increased to NT$140 per kilogram, while that of cucumbers surged to about NT$120 per kilogram.

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