Even as countrymen continue to fight with the novel coronavirus pandemic i.e. showing no sign of subsiding, there is another crisis emanating and that is the skyrocketing prices of food items and in particular prices of vegetables. Retail prices of vegetables of all types have spiked from anyway between 25% and 200%.
Among all the veggies, the highest spike in price has been registered in case of tomatoes. And traders owe this sudden spurt to crop damage during the rainy season as also the continuing increase in diesel price after daily revision in fuel price resumed from June 7, 2020.
Further, green vegetables also saw an increase in price in the past one month because of the fall in supply during monsoon months, said Adil Ahmad Khan, chairman of Delhi's Azadpur Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) to a leading news agency. "Vegetable traders point out that the cost of transportation of vegetables has increased due to diesel being expensive," he added.
Another agent at Okhla Mandi said that every year in monsoon season supply of vegetables reduces, resulting in constant price rise.
|Vegetable||Prices in June 2020 (in per kg)||Prices in July 2020 (in per kg)|
|Potato||Rs. 20-25||Rs. 30-35|
|Cabbage||Rs. 30-40||Rs. 60-80|
|Tomato||Rs. 20-30||Rs. 60-80|
|Onion||Rs. 20-25||Rs. 25-30|
|Gourd||Rs. 20||Rs. 30|
|Cucumber||Rs. 20||Rs. 50|
|Pumpkin||Rs. 10-15||Rs. 20-30|
|Brinjal||Rs. 20||Rs. 40|
|Capsicum||Rs. 60||Rs. 80|