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Vegetable rates soaring in city

Staff Reporter

Prices with retailers almost double of what prevailing in rythu bazaars


  • RTC strike adds to woes of vendors and buyers
  • Long queues seen for onions at the civil supplies counter
  • Vegetable stocks arriving late as farmers are left to depend on other modes of transport

    HYDERABAD: Vegetable prices are soaring. Though the RTC strike was called off, it increased the woes of vegetable vendors and buyers and made vegetables dearer.

    The extensive damage suffered by vegetable gardens due to last week's heavy downpour had already shot up the prices of vegetables with fall in supplies. The RTC strike though not yet impacted on the supplies, certainly has a bearing on the prices.

    The farmers, vendors who are forced to bring stocks in autorickshaws, vans in the absence of regular bus service are passing on the additional cost they incurred on the transport to the consumer.

    For instance while tomato was sold at Rs.14 a kg till yesterday, it was priced at Rs.16 in the Rythu Bazars itself. Tomato was one crop that suffered maximum damage in the recent rains.

    In the open market, tomato is priced anywhere between Rs.20 and Rs.22 a kg. Long queues were seen for onions at the civil supplies counter at Erragedda Rythu Bazar for they cost Rs.7 a Kg while they are sold from Rs.14 to Rs.18 a kg depending upon the variety. The Nasik variety was the most expensive.

    The Estate Officer at Erragedda Rythu Bazar, Radhika said that though the RTC strike had not yet affected the supplies, the stocks were landing late as farmers were coming through other modes of transport like autorickshaws, vans. Aware of the RTC bus strike, many had made alternative arrangements to transport the stock but the demand for increasing the prices was mounting to recover their cost of transport.

    " The prices may have to be revised in Rytu Bazars too if the strike continues," she feels.

    But ladyfingers and `Dondakaya' are in abundant supply with their prices actually plummeting and being sold at Rs.8 a kg and Rs.4 a kg respectively.

    High rates

    Brinjals are sold at Rs.5 kg, potatoes at Rs.9, bitter gourd at Rs.8, cabbage at Rs.7, carrot, Rs.10, beans (Chiddkudu) Rs.12, cluster beans - Rs.9, bottle gourd Rs.6 or 7 each, Yam- Rs.9, Calocasia-Rs.10, lime, Rs.10 to Rs.12 a dozen, she said.

    The prices with retailers are almost double of what they are in rythu bazaars prompting many to head for nearby rythu bazaar and wholesale vegetable markets.

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