Diminishing produce, lack of supply blamed for rising prices, citizens unsure what to eat during Karthika Masam.
The ongoing holy month of Kartik is also responsible to some extent as a sizeable population is avoiding consumption of non-vegetarian foods.
According to official data, the inflation rate of vegetable soared to 15 per cent in September and vegetable prices at retail shops doubled.
The thieves did not touch other vegetables like cauliflower and cabbage.
For those anxious about the rise in vegetable prices this Onam, fret not.
Taking advantage of the situation, other private portals are posting rates of fruits and vegetables on their websites, claiming that the price is the same as what HOPCOMS offers.
Traders said tomato prices doubled from Rs 40 to Rs 80 per kg, peas cost Rs 90 per kg to Rs 120 per kg, cauliflower at around Rs 100 per kg from Rs 60-70 per kg earlier.
The prices of vegetables, especially onions, have doubled in the past 10 days.
Local demand for vegetables is met by the output from Borrigumma, Pottangi, Nandapur, Lamtaput and Semiliguda farmlands.