Now, weather shoots up prices of veggies

  • Arjun Sharma, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Jun 16, 2014 12:40 IST

While the soaring mercury has already left residents at their wits’ end, skyrocketing prices of vegetables are increasing their woes. While the price of onion and tomato almost doubled during the past week, prices of other veggies have also seen an increase.

Wholesalers and retailers believe that the intense heat, thunderstorms and hailstorms in various parts of the country in the past few months had caused damage to crops, leading to shortage of vegetables. Thus, leading to a sudden increase in vegetables’ price that could burn a hole in consumers’ pockets within days.

The price of most-used vegetables - onion, tomato and potato - has risen from ` 12 to ` 25, ` 11 to
` 20 and ` 12 to ` 25 respectively in the retail market.

“Erratic weather conditions, including thunderstorms and hailstorms, have led to increase in prices of almost all vegetables. The price rise may continue in view of the approaching monsoon,” said Vicky Kumar, a commission agent at the vegetable market.

He said the central government should take immediate measures to stop the price rise.

Mohammad Hassan, a vegetable vendor on Dugri Road, said the prices had increased significantly during the past 15-20 days.

“There were apprehensions that the price of onions of would go up, but we never knew that price of all vegetables would go through the roof,” he added.

Meanwhile, the increase has put a dent in residents’ budget.

“The surge in the price of vegetables has shaken up our budget. A middle-class family cannot afford such price rise in essential commodities, such as vegetables,” said Anita Sharma, whose husband is a bank employee.

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