Rourkela, Nov 6 (LocalWire): With vegetable rates skyrocketing in the state, residents here heaved a sigh of relief as it did not reflect in the markets here and their pockets have not yet been pinched despite the holy month of ‘Kartika’.
The rates seem to be exorbitant in the coastal areas of the state as reported by the electronics media, but situation is not so alarming here,’ said Rashmi Das, a house wife.
Bobby Mohanty another home maker said, ‘last night I bought vegetables whose prices were not so high. In Cuttack I heard tomatoes were selling for Rs. 60 but I got for exactly half the price and local produce.’
The prices of vegetables here remained under control, with local produces gradually making inroads into market.
A vegetable seller said, ‘the prices might have stayed at Rs 60 but as soon as Minister Ranedra Pratap Swain made the statement on television that it may go up by Rs 10 it had an immediate effect and the price shot up.’
He said prices would have come down in the coming days with festive seasons over and supply becoming normal. ‘Besides, with heavy shower affecting the storage and cultivation, the prices will remain higher and this is normal,’ argued another seller.
‘We are lucky to get both local and Ranchi products easily. The products from outside will soon start entering the local market and the prices will then go down drastically. Basically, during the ‘chaturmasia’ we face such a situation. But, this time the rain played havoc and prices remained high,’ said a former agricultural expert Ajay Mohapatra.
The sellers in the retail market also gave the same reason and said to wait for another one week to ten days. ‘In another ten days the situation will improve with Kartika over and local products entering market.
At this moment traders from coastal areas are sourcing products from here which is a general trend every year,’ said Inder Singh, a vegetable seller.