WITH the rainy season on, local markets are awash with vegetables, cassava and sweet potatoes at pocket friendly prices. A bundle of dodo, buga and nakati ranges from sh500 to sh1,000. A heap of carrots or eggplant costs as little as sh500, while prices for a heap of cassava or sweet potatoes costs from sh500.
On the contrary, prices for tomatoes and onions are high. A heap of four to five tomatoes cost between sh1000 and sh2,000, depending on the size, while five onions cost sh1,000.
Likewise, prices for dry cereals like beans and peas have gone high. A kilogramme of dry beans cost between sh2,000 and sh2, 600. Prices of a kilogramme of peas ranges from sh1, 800 to sh2, 400. Farmers attribute the high prices to the end of the season. â€œThe old stock is getting finished yet farmers have not started harvesting,â€ says Bamwiine, a trader in Nakawa market. However, Bamwiine affirms that once the new harvest begins, prices of beans and peas will drop.
Tips FOR GOOD SHOPPING
In the evenings, city suburbs get jammed with pick-up trucks beckoning people to buy fresh cassava and sweet potatoes. Instead of buying from the ordinary local markets, you can target such trucks that hang around market areas in evenings.
Although most parents realise the numerous health benefits of vegetables, very few actually follow a diet that includes them. Vegetables are low in calories and are packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Take advantage of the plentiful season to add them to your menu.
You can choose to have them steamed for a side dish or even add them to soups. For example, dodo or buga, when mixed in beans or groundnut sauce, makes a tasty dish.
Green vegetables are plenty in the market