Prices of papaya and watermelon, the two most popular fruits in the month of Ramadan, have decreased.
The beginning of Ramadan saw 1 kilogram of watermelon being sold at MVR 18.
However, it has reduced to MVR 15 presently. While papaya is sold at MVR 20 and MVR 25, it was always sold at MVR 30 to MVR 35 per kilogram before, according to some sellers.
Other prices include MVR 30 to MVR 35 per 100g chilli, previously sold for MVR 70 to MVR 90. Lemons are sold at MVR 70 per kilogram. The price of tomatoes has risen from between MVR 40 and MVR 45 to MVR 60 and MVR 80.
A small coconut costs between MVR 10 or MVR 15 while a medium one costs MVR 20.
Vendors at the local market said that prices of many goods has decreased, as compared to the beginning of Ramadan. They also said that the prices of goods will decrease further in the coming days.
They explained the reason for increased prices, saying it was extremely difficult to bring food from islands due to bad weather.