The city marks a steep hike in the prices of vegetables, where green vegetables jumped over 30% in the past few days after relentless rain. Due to the haphazard weather conditions of the city supplies of vegetables have squeezed to nearly half of their daily requirements. Flooded roads and blocked transportation from the nearby villages seem to be the reason behind the hike in the prices of vegetables.
One of the vegetable dealers claims that at Choithram Market, supplies of potato have dropped to half to 20 truckloads, while onions have declined to 15,000 bags as against 25,000 bags (1 bag weighs 55 kg) as compared to the earlier quantities.
Arrivals of vegetables have fallen sharply because of the flooded roads says Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Harisabzi Vayapari president Mohan Singh Goud. In the retail market, the prices of vegetables are even higher where onion has touched Rs 40 to Rs 50 per kg as against Rs 25 per kg a few days ago, says a local vegetable vendor.
Dealers expect the prices of vegetables to go for a further rise in the coming days. Also, the cost of transportation has gone up due to expensive fuel and thus ultimately everything is passed on to customers in some or the other way.
We expect the weather to get cleared in the coming days and resolving all the issues of the local market.