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Vegetable prices set to rise

THE price of vegetables and fruits could rise over the next few days as a result of severe damage to Shanghai's suburban fields and greenhouses.

Many greenhouses in Luchaogang in the Pudong New Area had their coverings blown away, leaving just the frame behind and unripe watermelons soaked by the torrential rain.

Growers had been relocated but got up early yesterday to return to check their fields, only to discover that their crops were ruined. Many said they had reinforced the greenhouses before leaving but the winds were too strong.

Planters in Jinshan District also rushed to harvest peaches yesterday morning before the rains swept over the orchards. But they were too late to save around 30 percent of the fruit from being damaged.

Most agricultural wholesale markets said they would have sufficient supplies of vegetables and fruits but much of them would have been transported from other provinces.

Haikui caused direct financial losses of nearly 500 million yuan in local agricultural production by 5pm yesterday, the Shanghai Agricultural Commission said.

Vegetables, fruits, livestock and aquatic production were all severely damaged with the arrival of the typhoon, with more than 5,300 hectares of farmland and orchards submerged and over 142,300 poultry killed, according to initial statistics.

Nearly 600 livestock stalls collapsed and 115,000 greenhouse covers were damaged in the driving rain and strong winds.


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