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Double-digit food inflation disturbing: Pranab

business Updated: Sep 01, 2011 15:00 IST
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Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday said that supply of food items need to be improved to deal with the price rise after data showed a double-digit spike in food inflation.

"Food inflation has gone up ... This is really disturbing," he told reporters in New Delhi.

His comments came after data showd that food inflation touched the double-digit mark after a gap of over five months. It was at 10.05% for the week ended August 20, as onion, fruits, vegetables and protein-based items turned more expensive.

"Inflation is always a matter of concern and we shall have to ensure and improve the supply of food items," Mukherjee said.

As per the official data released on Thursday, prices of onion soared by 57.01% year-on-year, while that of potato by 13.31% during the week under review.

Fruits became dearer by 21.58% and vegetables overall by 15.78 on an annual basis.

The prices of egg, meat and fish were up 12.62%, while milk and cereals became dearer by 9.22% and 4.64%, respectively.

Commenting on the latest numbers, Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia also expressed concern, but said seasonal factors have a role to play.

"Inflation is a worry... If you see the data, last year at this time food prices went down and then rose again. So, I would not be surprised of prices rise a little bit," Ahluwalia said.

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