Explained: Why are vegetable prices skyrocketing in Delhi-NCR region?

New Delhi: The prices of vegetables have been skyrocketing in recent days, disrupting the budget of the common man. Prices are higher at wholesale and retail level in Delhi-NCR region. The store sellers say they also get the goods at a higher price.

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According to the latest tariffs, tomato is sold for Rs 54 per kg while potato is sold for Rs 18-22 per kg. Cauliflower and Bringjal are available for Rs 98 and Rs 45 per kg respectively.

What is the reason behind the increase in vegetable prices?

The sellers say that the prices of fruit and vegetables are high because of the shortage in supply due to a lot of rain and high transport costs. Most of the vegetables in the Delhi-NCR region come from Sahibabad. Excessive rainfall causes vegetables in the agricultural fields to rot.

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Similar case in Himachal, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh

In Himachal Pradesh, the country’s vegetable scale, the relentless monsoon rains for more than two and a half months during the kharif season, or summer crops, have also seriously affected the crops of tomato, pepper, peas, green beans, cucumber and cabbage, reducing total production by up to 50%.

Vegetable prices in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh are also rising due to scarcity and are getting rewarding prices.

“The price of peas has doubled with the wholesale price in Shimla currently reaching Rs 150-160 per kg, compared to Rs 70-80 per kg in this season a year ago,” said Nahar Singh Chaudhary, a wholesaler in Dhalli market around here, IANS told.

Market analysts predict that after Diwali, when vegetables from the North Indian plains hit the market, prices will return to normal. In Chandigarh, the cost of tomatoes has risen from Rs 30 per kg to Rs 60 per kg in retail. Peas from Karsog and Shimla regions are sold in the retail market of Chandigarh between Rs 200 and Rs 220 per kg.

The damage to the vegetable crops in the hill state, according to farmers in Shimla, Kangra and Solan districts, was caused by heavy rainfall and the advent of a fungal disease that has killed the crops more this monsoon than in the past.

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