From tomato to onion, prices of almost all vegetables have risen steadily in the city, disturbing substantially the kitchen budget of housewives.
On Thursday, according to the latest price list in the vegetable market of the city, the price of tomato was listed at rs 35-40 per kg, followed by cauliflower at rs 50-55 per kg and onion at rs 30-35 per kg.
While agriculture experts blamed the deficient rainfall during the monsoon months for the sudden rise in the prices of vegetables, some traders attributed them to hoarding and profiteering by some unscrupulous suppliers and dealers."Prices of tomato are at the highest level at present. Whatever the reasons behind the price rise, but we want the government to immediately do something in the interest of the common man," said Amar Kaur, a retired government teacher.
In a similar sentiment, Sukhdeep Kaur, a housewife, blamed the government's poor management about the increase in vegetable prices saying, "The prices of vegetables have increased due to lack of check on hoarders by the government, they (hoarders) earn huge profit by making holes into the pocket of the common man."
Sangrur-based vegetable vendor Naseer said, "The increase in prices has also affected the sale of vegetables as the people hesitate to purchase tomato and onion. Most of the customers like to purchase bottle gourd and potato. But at present, there not a single vegetable for less than rs 20 per kg."
About the increase in prices of vegetables, he said, "Vegetables cannot be stored for long, so we cannot blame hoarders for increase in prices of at least tomato. I think the real reason is increase in transportation
Interestingly, vegetable growers are also slamming the government as they are not getting the profit of the increase in prices of vegetables."Though prices of vegetables have doubled in the past one
month, yet the profit was going into the pockets of the middlemen. During the last week of June, we sold tomato at `5 per kg to private dealers, now we are purchasing the same from the market at `50 per kg", rued a a farmer Gurpreet Singh.