Vegetable prices shoot up in city

Vegetable prices shoot up in city
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The hot dry spell that scorched the earth resulting in low yield of horticultural products pushed up the prices of vegetables in the city.Market sources said prices of green leafy vegetables such as coriander leaves, mint leaves and a few others have all breached their previous highs.

Visakhapatnam: The hot dry spell that scorched the earth resulting in low yield of horticultural products pushed up the prices of vegetables in the city.Market sources said prices of green leafy vegetables such as coriander leaves, mint leaves and a few others have all breached their previous highs.

The prices of vegetables at open markets in the city, though better in quality, are around 30 per cent higher than the prices at the Rythu Bazars. There are 13 Rythu Bazars in the city and all of them except MVP Colony, the biggest in the state, are wearing a deserted a look since two weeks.

Prices of most vegetables like beans, ridge gourd, spine gourd, green peas have registered a high of 15 per cent and the supply is minimal.Beans and spine gourd and also capsicum have also gone out of reach for the middle class. Fortunately, the price of tomato and lady’s fingers (bhindi) is still Rs 15 a kg in the open markets. With the non-availability of quality vegetables and soaring prices of vegetables, we have been struggling to manage the summer, said a house wife.

The price of a kg broiler chicken rose from Rs180 to Rs 240 and the price of fish to Rs 180 a kg as the birds and fish have been pershing due to heat and humid weather.The prices of vegetables, chicken and fish will stabilise only in July after onset of southwest monsoons, said marketing department officials.

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