After onions, vegetable prices are now going through the roof. For instance, one kg lady’s finger, which used to be sold for about Rs 20 to 35 last month, is now doubly dearer at Rs 55 to 70.
Traders from the Agriculture Product Market Committee (AMPC) attribute the price rise to inadequate supply.
“We are receiving only 450-475 truck loads of vegetables each day, while the demand is for 600 trucks of vegetables. Due to heavy rains in most parts of the state, new crops which were supposed to arrive in the market got destroyed badly,” Shankar Pingale, APMC director, told dna.
He added that the price of vegetables will continue to remain high.
According to traders, prices of green chilli, tomato, potato, cucumber, cauliflower, cluster beans and lady finger prices have gone up by 15 to 30%. Another trader from APMC pointed out that during ‘pritru paksh’, which ended on Friday, Hindus appease the souls of their dead relatives by offering cooked vegetables. “This has created a surge in demand which lead to prices shooting up,’’ he claimed.
“The price rise is affecting us badly,” says Mumbai-based homemaker Mala Sundaram. “We cannot afford to buy vegetables at such high rates.”
Hotel owners are also facing the heat. Chandrahas Shetty, former president of the Restaurant and Hotel Owners Association told dna that the rise in raw material has increased their input cost. Shetty, who also runs Maharaja Group of hotels, said they have not increased food items’ rates yet.