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Vegetable prices soar as farmers’ protest continues

Vendors warn of further hike as 10-day protest progresses.

punjab Updated: Jun 04, 2018 11:27 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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With the nationwide farmers’ protest entering third day, its impact at vegetable markets was visible as prices surged in absence of adequate supply.

Meanwhile, farmers also protested outside the Verka milk plant in Mohali while some allegedly threw vegetables being sold by vendors on the road in Kharar.

In the past couple of days, prices of some veggies — especially green vegetables — have gone up. Tomato prices have increased from Rs 10 per kg a week ago to Rs 20-25, said a seller at Sector 26.

Vegetable vendors have also cautioned consumers of further hike in price in the face of scarcity as the 10-day protest progresses.

“We are not getting vegetables. Tomatoes have been coming from Himachal Pradesh, but the supply of green vegetables that we used to get from parts of Punjab and Haryana has been hit,” said Janak Prasad, a vegetable seller at Phase 7, Mohali,

“The price of green beans was Rs 70 per kg a week ago. Now, it is being sold for Rs 120. The price of bottle gourd has also doubled to Rs 30,” said Arjun, a vegetable seller at the Sector-26 market.

“We are not getting fresh vegetables from roadside vendors. Most of them have increased the veggie prices,” said Sunita Batra, a resident of Sector 53.

Veggie stalls vandalised

In Kharar, protesting farmers allegedly threw vegetables on the road when local sellers refused to shut shop. Police intervened to prevent the situation from worsening.

“No case was registered as the issue was resolved,” said Kharar station house officer Kanwaljit Singh. Kharar sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Amaninder Kaur Brar said: “All efforts will be made to maintain law and order and avoid such incidents.”

Transporters coming to sell their produce to the wholesale market in Sector 26 are also worried about the protest. Devinder Singh, a transporter, said: “For the past four days, the supply has been hit. Earlier, I used to bring 21 quintals of okra (bhindi) from Khanna, but now I am ferrying only 12 quintals.”

A farmer, who had come there to sell his produce, said: “I have taken loans. How will I repay if I am not able to sell my produce?”

First Published: Jun 04, 2018 11:24 IST