With the heavy unseasonal rain destroying large swathes of Rabi crop in parts of north India, prices of vegetables have started to shoot up in Delhi. While tomatoes, carrots and cauliflowers are selling Rs 10-15 higher than last week, beans took the biggest hit with a hike of Rs 30 per kg.
Rajasthan, which grows tomatoes, cabbage and bottle gourd this season and transports them to other states, has suffered heavy crop damage, sending the prices of these vegetables soaring. Tomato is expected to become costlier in the coming days.
"Prices had stated increasing last week itself as light rain was seen in many parts of north India. These rains have now caused a lot of damage to crops in Rajasthan, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh. Prices of vegetables, especially tomatoes, will certainly soar now," said Anil Malhotra, member of the agricultural produce market committee of Azadpur.
"If there is no supply, prices in the wholesale market are bound to increase. This will trigger a considerable increase in retail prices," he added.