IN THE middle of the year tomatoes led the price worm. Now it’s the turn of potatoes to take the middle class for a ride.
Since October 23, the price of the king of all the vegetables potato has shot up considerably, which is selling between Rs 14 and 20 per Kg. Brinjal between Rs 16 and 20 per Kg, gourd Rs 7 and 11 per Kg, tomatoes between 16 and 20 per kg, bhindi Rs 16 and 24 per kg, onion Rs 8 and 10 per kg, ginger Rs 40 and 50 per kg, dhania has become so costly that people have left adding it in the dishes. There has been a hike of about 20 per cent in the prices of all the vegetables in last 15 days.
The experts in the vegetable mandi are surprised over the hike in potato prices during the season when they were supposed to come down. According to them, the price hike has been due to a large and sudden shortfall in the arrival of vegetables at the wholesale from the Maharshtra. There has been information that the potato crop in Maharashtra, Chattisgarh, Karantaka, and eastern UP has been badly hit, which has resulted in almost nil supply in last few days.
The potato in the city is only arriving from Ambikapur, Chattisgarh, Moradabad, Rampur and Uttarnachal. The shortfall in demand and supply has resulted in the price hike of potato.
Today only four trucks of potatoes arrived in the Dubagga mandi against the normal arrival of 14 to 30 trucks per day.
But, the price rise of other vegetables like Brinjal gourd, cabbage, bitter gourd, spinach and a marginal increase has alarmed authorities. They feel it is unjustified. Aslam a wholeseller in Dubagga mandi warns against a retailer driven artificial price hike. I can understand the hike in the prices of potatoes but why the prices of other veggies have shot up is beyond my mind.