Retreating Monsoons flare up vegetable prices in festive season; Karnataka, Maharashtra, Delhi affected

Prime News, National (New Delhi), Oct 13:- As monsoon retreats across the country, vegetable prices seem to be soaring up causing trouble for wholesalers and buyers alike. Tomatoes are especially seeing a hike in prices, now being sold at around Rs. 60/kg in Karnataka, and Rs 30-40/kg in Maharashtra. The national capital on the other hand is witnessing a hike of 25% in the prices of vegetables, upsetting wholesalers who claim that rainfall and an increase in fuel prices are the key reasons behind the hike.

A seller at Okhla vegetable market says, “The price of tomatoes in wholesale has increased from Rs 10-20 per kg to Rs 30-40 per kg. Due to heavy rains in Maharashtra & Karnataka crops got damaged & hence prices are high.”

Vegetable sellers in Karnataka’s Shivamoga were also seen blaming rains for a hike in prices of vegetables, especially onions. “Rain has disrupted the production and supply chain. Onion price has gone up from Rs 40 to Rs 50, potato price from Rs 25 to Rs 30”, says a vendor from the Gandhi Bazar area of the city. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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