As the heat conditions continue to prevail and monsoon is yet to reach the northern parts of the country, prices of vegetables remain high in the Tricity owing to short supply.
Tomatoes that are being generally sold at Rs 20 per kg, went up to Rs 60 per kg. Peas that are being sold at Rs 40 per kg, went up to Rs 80 per kg, double the price. The price of capsicum rose from Rs 30 to Rs 50 per kg. Among other vegetables, beans that are sold at Rs 30 per kg went up to Rs 60 per kg, cauliflower that is generally Rs 40 per kg is now being sold at Rs 60 per kg in the market and cucumber is being sold at Rs 50 per kg instead of Rs 30 per kg.
The shopkeepers have highlighted that the prices have shoot up owing to less rainfall in the hilly areas, from where most of the vegetables are supplied. Vegetables like tomatoes, cauliflowers, peas, beans, capsicums are supplied from hilly areas.
Rakesh Kumar, a trader at Sector 26 grain market, said: “There was very less rainfall in May this year, due to which the vegetable crop was damaged. The best quality vegetables are from hilly areas and this time, the quality also suffered. Also, vegetables are supplied to many other parts in the region from here and with the increasing demand and short supply, the prices have gone up.”
Traders highlighted that they are expecting the price of tomato will not rise further because vegetables from Himachal Pradesh and J&K arrive at Chandigarh first and from there supplied to other markets.
However, few others believe that there may be further price rise. “If the weather remains dry, the prices of vegetables being supplied from the hilly areas will go up even more,” said Bhupinder Singh, another trader from Sector 26 grain market.
One of the city residents, Harinder Singh, who had come to the vegetable market said: “The situation will improve only with the monsoon. Only then the supply will increase.”