Vegetables become dearer

Vegetables become dearer
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The price is Rs 64 in Rythu Bazaars. Brinjals, beans, carrot and beetroot are also being sold at high prices. The common man is unable to bear the prices.

Vizianagaram: The prices of vegetables are skyrocketing as the production has come down due to high temperatures in North Andhra districts. Tomatoes are sold at prices between Rs 80 and Rs 100 a kg in open market.

The price is Rs 64 in Rythu Bazaars. Brinjals, beans, carrot and beetroot are also being sold at high prices. The common man is unable to bear the prices.

Ladyfingers are priced around Rs 40 and ribbed guard at Rs 45 in open market. The prices of these vegetables in Rythu Bazaars are lesser by Rs 10 a kg. Price of bitter guard is also increased to Rs 40.

As a result of high prices of vegetables, the lower middle class people are afraid to think of buying vegetables because of the exorbitantly high prices.

They are finding it easy to get eggs and fish rather than shelling extra money for vegetables. While fish is available at Rs 40 a kg at street vendors, in markets the price of fish hovers around Rs 120 per kg.

Due to abnormal rise in vegetable prices, hotels and push cart vendors are not offering tomato chutney with light foods like idly and dosa.

Estate officer of R&B Rythu Bazaar said that due to drastic fall in production of tomatoes at Madanapalle in Chittoor district and in Karnataka, they were getting very less stock to the districts. This has made the price to rise abnormally.

“Now our farmers are planting saplings of vegetables in our district and within a month we can see the production and can get them at lower price. Until then, we have to buy them at high price,” he said.

K Lakshmi, a farmer cum retail vendor said, “Actually I buy tomatoes and other vegetables in wholesale market and sell in retail in streets.

But due to high prices, I cannot purchase them. If two or three kilos in the basket become rotten or damaged, I have to lose the total income and investment too. So I don’t want to take risk,” she explained.

K Radha, a housewife said, “My kitchen expenditure increased by 100 percent in the past few months due to the increase of price of vegetables and other commodities.

Now, I need to minimise the budget as this month is June and I need to spend more on books and uniforms of my children,” she said.

By:Koppara Gandhi

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