Families struggle to meet rising food costs
Sandhya Ravi, 47, has had a tough time balancing her home budget for the past 15 days.mumbai Updated: Nov 04, 2011 02:11 IST
Sandhya Ravi, 47, has had a tough time balancing her home budget for the past 15 days.
"Vegetable prices shot up before Diwali and have barely come down," said the Dombivli resident. "I have decided to be thrifty with buying vegetables such as beans and peas, and have instead started using sprouts and pulses to keep the diet wholesome."
Homes across the city are feeling the pinch of the rise in prices of fruits and vegetables.
"Vegetables such as onions and tomatoes that are requisites for any preparation cannot be cut down, but I am more careful now while buying vegetables such as coriander leaves and peas in bulk," said Chaitra Thyavanige, 30.
The Vile Parle resident said that the fibrous beans did not feature any more in her vegetable tray. "The vendors and shops complain that the supply has reduced and there is nothing that they can do," said Thyavanige.
Vendors said there had been a dip in supply of fruits for the past month, thereby resulting in a price increase.
"This not the season for any particular fruit and thus the short supply is hurting even more," said Sopan Buchke, a fruit supplier in Sanpada.
The hike in diesel prices and last month's rain have also contributed to the price hike.
"The high demand during the Diwali season is primarily responsible for the rise. Prices are expected to come down in 10 to 15 days," said Jaiswal.