Prices of most vegetables continue to be very high and some have become more expensive. According to Horticultural Producers’ Co-operative Marketing and Processing Society Ltd (HOPCOMS), prices of vegetables increased due to the recent rains and the trend will prevail for another month.
Onion price increased from `68 per kg to `76 per kg on September 8; palak (spinach), for five bunches, went up from `32 to `80; tomato prices went up from `17 to `25 and peas from `120 to `175.
Speaking to Express HOPCOMS Director Nagini Chandrasekhar said, “We used to procure vegetables from Jigani in Anekal and Hoskote. Due to rains, prices of vegetables like onions and greens have increased.”
Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) secretary K G Shantharam said though there has been an increase in supply of onions, rates have not gone down much. “The minimum rate per quintal on Wednesday was `3,200,” he said while adding that supply of onions has increased on Wednesday. APMC received a stock of 54,500 quintals of onions from 51,000 quintals 10 days back.
Scientist Dr A T Sadashiva said the increase in price is due to damage of crops.
Vegetable vendors who sell on pushcarts say that they are finding it difficult to earn a living as most of the vegetable prices have increased.