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Vegetable prices soar in Punjab, Haryana

PTI  Chandigarh, August 27, 2014
First Published: 16:35 IST(27/8/2014) | Last Updated: 16:37 IST(27/8/2014)

In the wake of shortage of supplies from neighbouring states like Himachal Pradesh, prices of vegetables including tomato and potato have seen a significant surge in the last one week in Punjab and Haryana.

Tomato prices have jumped from Rs. 50 last week to Rs. 70 per kg in the retail markets this week, traders said.

Over a month ago, tomatoes, which are integral to preparation of most Punjabi dishes, were selling at around Rs. 20 per kg.

Traders said that prices of other commonly consumed vegetables have also witnessed an increase.

Most of the vegetables including potato, cauliflower, green peas, capsicum, bottle gourd, bitter gourd, spinach, cucumber, pumpkin, among other vegetables have registered an increase in their prices.

Traders also point out that scanty rains in the two agrarian states have resulted in short supply of some of the vegetables.

In the retail market, 'Pahari' variety of potato is selling between Rs. 35-Rs 40 per kg while a kg of green peas is priced between Rs. 80-Rs 100 depending on its quality, a jump by over Rs. 20 per kg during the past week.

Onion prices, however, have remained stable at around Rs. 25 per kg.

Other vegetables including beans, capsicum, cauliflower have also witnessed rise in their prices, traders said.

Both Punjab and Haryana have received scanty rains owing to weak monsoon so far this year.

Cucumbers, which are high in demand during summers, have also become costly selling at Rs. 30-Rs 40 per kg for different varieties as against Rs. 10-Rs 20 per kg earlier.

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