Prices of most vegetables, which were skyrocketing for the past few months, are now witnessing a sharp fall in the district, thanks to abundant supply of winter crops from neighbouring states.
According to traders, the prices of peas, which had shot up to Rs 120 per kilogram last fortnight, have come down to Rs 40 per kilogram in the retail market.
They said prices of other commonly consumed vegetables had also dropped in comparison to prices at which they were selling last month.
Onion, whose price had gone up to Rs 100, is now selling for Rs 30 per kilogram, while potato, earlier being sold for Rs 40, is now available for Rs 15 per kilogram.
Similarly, prices of carrot, cauliflower, tomato and beans have come down to Rs 20- Rs 30 per kilogram in the retail market.
Wholesalers in the local vegetable market attributed the fall in prices to the arrival of fresh supplies of all types of vegetables from Punjab markets and also increase in local supply.
Anil Bhatia, a wholesaler at Hamirpur Sabzi Mandi, said the prices could fall further as there was glut of fresh vegetables in the Punjab vegetable markets almost every day.
Prices of other vegetables, including radish, turnip, spinach, cabbage, brinjal and pumpkin had also fallen, traders said.
The drop in vegetable prices has brought cheer to residents who were hard-pressed due to prices of essential commodities shooting through the roof.
Sulochna Devi, a housewife, said, “The sudden rise in prices of even basic vegetables, such as onion and tomatoes, had put them out of the reach of the common man. The drop in prices is a huge relief, as the stable prices enable us to have a balanced diet. I am now buying the vegetables in large quantities, as the prices could shoot up anytime.”
Veggie prices at a glance
Peas Rs 120 Rs 40
Onion Rs 100 Rs 30
Beans Rs 100 Rs 20-Rs 30
Tomato Rs 80 Rs 20-Rs 30
Carrot Rs 60 Rs 20-Rs 30
Cauliflower Rs 60 Rs 20-Rs 30
Potato Rs 40 Rs 15