Most of the vegetables are priced above Rs. 40-a-kg despite the onset of monsoon

Vegetables continue to pinch the pocket of common man despite the onset of monsoon.

Most of the vegetables are priced above Rs. 40-a-kg and even the leafy vegetables are not far behind.

Tomato and onions which are most sought after are priced over Rs. 60 per kg and Rs. 35 per kg respectively.

A vegetable vendor at Balasamudram market, Hemalatha, said though the district witnessed rains, farmers are yet to sow vegetables. “This rain only results in rotting of existing plants. Fresh sowing has to take place. Hence there is severe shortage of vegetables in the market,” she explains.

Cauliflower is priced at Rs. 80 to Rs. 100 per kg and cabbage Rs. 40 to Rs. 50 per kg. Ridge gourd and green chillies are available at Rs. 40 per kg.

Another vendor at the market, Vijayamma, says the supply of vegetables was low at the market and the prices may come down after two weeks following fresh yield. “We are incurring losses as the customers are bargaining too much. They do not believe us when we say there are no supplies of vegetables,” she says.

Women who frequent the market feel the brunt. They say that if prices continue to soar, they have to sacrifice on other front at home.

“If we spend Rs. 100, we usually get a bag full of vegetables enough for four or five days. Now, I have to spend Rs. 270 for the same amount of vegetables,” rued Madhuri, a resident of Ramnagar in Hanamkonda town.