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Vegetable prices skyrocket

S. Sandeep Kumar
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With rains having lashed the State for the fourth consecutive day on Friday, vegetable prices are likely to shoot up in the capital thanks to poor arrivals from other districts owing to crop damage and transportation of stocks getting delayed.

In three days, the price of carrot in Rythu Bazaar went up by Rs. 10 per kg and that of lady’s finger increased by Rs. 7 per kg.

According to the Rythu Bazaar authorities, tomato may cost Rs. 50 per kg, and onion will cross Rs. 60 per kg mark in the next few days.

Presently, tomato and onion are offered at Rs. 38 and Rs. 44 per kg, respectively. It is not just tomato and onion, the prices of several other vegetables will also go up considerably owing to the decline in arrival of stocks in wholesale markets.

Carrot was sold at Rs. 20 per kg on Wednesday, and on Saturday, the price escalated to Rs. 30 per kg. Similarly, lady’s finger that was offered at Rs. 10 per kg is now being sold at Rs. 17.

Pumpkin that was sold at Rs. 12 a kg, now costs Rs. 17 a kg, and this is an indication of how things are going to be in the coming days.

Already, potato and capsicum are being sold for Rs. 22 and Rs. 32 per kg, respectively. At this rate, this Deepavali, the budgets of several middle and low-income groups will be hit, explains an official at the Kukatpally Rythu Bazaar.

Generally, 30 quintals of carrot arrive at Kukatpally, but in the last two days, only 22 quintals are arriving. The quantity of brinjal arrivals is also declining.

Many crops in Krishna, Chitoor, Kurnool and Ranga Reddy districts that were ready for harvest got completely damaged in the rain.

This will affect vegetable arrivals in the city markets and eventually the prices will shoot up, he says.

Poor arrivals from other districts due to crop damage and resultant delay in transportation of stocks cited as reasons


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