Vegetables and fruits have sharply risen in the past few weeks in agrarian states of Punjab and Haryana, sources said today.
No green vegetable is available for less than Rs. 25 a kg while fruit like apple is being sold for Rs. 300 a kg, sources in grain markets said.
Within the last 10 days, rates of vegetables have at least doubled, they said.
Tomatoes are sold for Rs. 50 per kg while earlier these were sold for Rs. 30 per kg while onion has gone up from Rs. 12 per kg to Rs. 25 per kg.
Bitter gourd has gone up to Rs. 30 from Rs. 15, lady finger from Rs. 12 per kg to Rs. 30 per kg, squash gourd from Rs. 20 to Rs. 35, brinjal from Rs. ten to Rs. 24, capsicum from Rs. 20 to Rs. 35, beans from Rs. 30 to Rs. 60, cabbage from Rs. 10 to Rs. 20and the rates of radish have gone up from Rs. 10 to Rs. 25 per kg.
Mangat Singh, a fruit seller, said that earlier local grapes were available at Rs. 20 to Rs. 25 per Kg but now only Australian and Chile grapes are being sold for Rs. 300 per Kg.
A leading fruit seller in the market said that only Saharanpuri mango is witin the reach of poor people. It is available for Rs. 20 per kg but famous 'Dussehri' mango of Lucknow is being sold for Rs. 50 per kg and Safaida for Rs. 65 per kg.