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Price rise: Veggies cool down; eggs on fire

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, November 18, 2013
First Published: 22:53 IST(18/11/2013) | Last Updated: 22:55 IST(18/11/2013)

The prices of eggs in tricity are all time high, but eggs to get costiler as the winter season progresses.

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A tray of 30 eggs which used to cost Rs. 110 three weeks ago, now costs Rs. 150. The traders informed that due to more consumption and less production, many across the city, have shut their poultry farms.

The traders said a major reason behind less production of eggs was that change people's notion that consuming eggs daily is not good for health.

 
Talking to HT, Pawan Aggarwal, a store owner in Sector 4, Panchkula, said, “Less production has increased the prices. Even in summer this year the prices did not fall as the consumption was not affected as it was in previous summers. We sell 10 trays of eggs daily and most people come to buy at least a dozen eggs.”

Inderjit, another store owner in Sector 35, Chandigarh, said, “The prices are decided keeping in mind the consumption and also the associations get together to decide the price. A try was being sold for Rs. 130 last week and now the same is priced at Rs. 150, but there is no slowdown in the sale.”

Meanwhile, the prices of vegetables, which a few weeks ago had increased exceedingly, have come down a little. Though prices of onions per kg have come down to Rs. 40, the prices of tomatoes continue to haunt consumers at Rs. 80 per kg.
 
Traders from Sector 26 vegetable market inforedm that the prices of tomatoes continue to soar because of the erratic supply of the vegetable.

The prices of other vegetables including capsicum and peas which were touching Rs. 100 per kg have come down to Rs. 60. “With winter season progressing, the seasonal vegetables are coming in good stock to the market and thus the prices have gone down. The prices will further decrease,” said Satya Kumar, a vendor  at Sector 26 market.

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