Prices of vegetables that came down early this month have once again started shooting up. Bad weather and non-arrival of vegetables from Punjab markets in large quantity has been stated to be the main reason behind this.
Most of the vegetables such as tomatoes, green peas, cauliflower and brinjles that were available around twenty rupees per kg in retail markets were now quoted around forty rupees per kg.
Traders attribute this to non-supply of abundance quantity of vegetables from Punjab. They said that the production of these items have gone down there due to the extreme cold conditions, which was harming the cause of the growth of vegetables in large quantity.
Anil Bhatia, a leading vegetable seller of Hamirpur, said since the vegetables have started perishing in the fields, the farmers were upset and have raised the rates of their crops, resulting in price rise in local mandis.
Locals said the district authorities should conduct surprise visits in the markets so that the traders should not fleece them.