Bhubaneswar, May 16 (LocalWire): Vegetable vendors have sharply pushed up prices of vegetables across the state after supplies stopped due to Fani. The post-flood conditions and heatwave also adversely affected the production of vegetables in forcing the market to increase the price of vegetables.
Local vendors said price has gone up in wholesale market as compared to last month despite the fact that there is no short supply of vegetables, especially in the capital city.
‘We are paying more wholesale rates and the domino effect is reflected in the retail sector,’ vegetable vendors complained.
Pointed gourd (Potol) is being sold at Rs 60 per kg, Brinjal at Rs 60 per kg, Tomato at Rs 50per kg, ladies’ fingers (Bhindi) at Rs 50 per kg, Luffa (Janhi) at Rs 40 per kg, Cucumber at Rs 50 per kg in Cuttack Chatra Bazar.
Similarly, carrot was available at Rs 40 per kg, capsicum at Rs 60 per kg, green chilly at Rs 100 per kg and bitter gourd at Rs 100 per kg.
Price of spine gourd (Kankada) is at Rs 80 per kg and it is impossible to buy vegetables at such exorbitant rates, rued a customer.
Fani affected the production of vegetables as farmlands were destructed by the cyclone.
The agricultural crops of the farming zones of Balanga and Kanasa villages of Puri district, Niali and Barang of Cuttack district and Baliyanta, Prabhuti areas of Khurda district were destroyed due to Fani. Cultivation of Brinjal, lady’s finger (Bhendi), pointed gourd prices thus skyrocketed.
‘Our bags are not full even after paying Rs 300,’ said a shopper.
The price of other vegetables has also increased by 30 per cent hike in comparison to April, said vendors.