Now,brace for 5-10% increase in vegetable

Citizens will soon have to shell out more for vegetables and other agricultural products.

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published: June 28, 2010 4:37 am

Citizens will soon have to shell out more for vegetables and other agricultural products. Market sources said vegetable prices could go up by five-ten per cent as a cascading effect of the fuel price hike.

On Saturday,the prices of petrol and diesel in the city went up by a minimum of Rs 3.50 per litre and Rs 2 per litre respectively. Most of the vehicles,such as tempos,carriers and pick-up trucks,used for transporting agricultural products run on diesel. The fuel price hike has the transporters a reason to increase the cost of taking vegetables to the market place,which will in turn impact the prices of vegetables.

“The increased fuel prices will definitely impact the prices of agricultural products,” said Vilas Bhujbal,a wholesale vegetable vendor at Gultekdi Market Yard. “The scorching heat had resulted in less agricultural produce this summer,which has already led to a rise in prices,” he added.

Meanwhile,citizens are an unhappy lot. “Vegetable prices are bound to increase. This will affect every household. If the government wants to raise fuel prices,it should provide subsidies to farmers and vendors so that they don’t increase the vegetable prices. Somewhere,some adjustment should be made,” said Sanjeevani Pandey,a housewife.

The city unit of the CPM will stage a protest against the fuel price hike at Mahatma Phule mandai at 3.30 pm on Monday.

The city market also gets vegetables from neighbouring districts such as Satara,Solapur,Ahmednagar and Sangli. Some vegetable items come into the market from Andhra Pradesh,Tamil Nadu and Gujarat.

Current Vegetable prices
( in Rs/kg)

* Brinjal 20-25
* Cauliflower 40-45
* Drumstick 60-70
* Beans (Ghevda/ Gawar) 30-35
* Bitter gourd 20-25
* Ladies’ finger 35-40
* Capsicum 35-40
* Green chilli 30-35
* Methi 15-16 (per bunch)
* Coriander 12-15 (per bunch)
* Spinach 8-10 (per bunch)

(Rates vary area-wise)

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