The price hike in seasonal green vegetables and particularly onions could not have come at a worse time for the Gujaratis. During the auspicious month of Shravan,when they eat only one meal a day,prices of vegetables have shot up,some even rising by 100 per cent in the past two months.
While the retail price of onion has climbed to an astronomical Rs 70 a kg,that of seasonal vegetables like ridge gourd,sponge gourd,cluster beans and brinjal are scaling newer heights with each passing day.
At present,retail prices of most seasonal vegetables range between Rs 50 to 80 per kg,while that of cluster beans (gavar),little gourd (tindora) and capsicum have already touched Rs 100 per kg.
While both wholesale and retail vendors cite inflation and excess rainfall as the major reasons for the hike,they hope that this phenomenal rise will stablise in the coming weeks.
With heavy rainfall being witnessed in June,vegetable prices started shooting up. It is true that this despite being the month of Shravan,where the demand of vegetables,especially onions is less,prices have continued to soar. Unlike previous years,where city would witness rainfall at the end of July and August,this year the supply of vegetables have not been regular, said Govind Prajapati,a retail vendor in Vastrapur.
It is a blow for all. Even prices of essentials like potatoes have increased to Rs 20 per kg. This has caused a hike in prices of almost every farari (snack) items as well, said a visibly agitated housewife in the city.
On the high prices of onions,Kishore Paryani,a wholesale vendor of onions at Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC),Vasana said,The main reason for it is the delayed and deficient rainfall last year. Wholesale prices have shot up from Rs 10 in May-June to now Rs 45-50 per kg. It is very difficult to say if the prices will fall,but we are certainly expecting good crops in the coming weeks due to the healthy level of rainfall this year.