In a sudden move, the prices of vegetables have seen a sudden spurt, especially those of tomatoes and peas. Tomatoes had been trading low for a few months, but its prices are now soaring high between Rs 50-Rs 65 per kg. The price rise is mainly happening because of the supply crunch.
Traders stated short supply as the reason for the price rise. The supply of tomato has reduced drastically from states like Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana after monsoon rains. Because of such a major shortfall, tomato prices have almost doubled from Rs 30 per kg to Rs 65-70 per kg, and that of peas have risen sharply from nearly Rs 70-80 per kg to Rs 110-120 per kg.
Beans, round gourd and cucumbers have also seen an increase in price.The price of beans has jumped from Rs 50 per kg to Rs 60-70 per kg.
Other vegetables like potato (Pahari variety) have risen to Rs 30 per kg from Rs 20 per kg. Bitter gourd is selling in the range of Rs 30-50 per kg and carrot prices have gone up from Rs 40 per kg to Rs 50-Rs 60 per kg while cucumber prices have also risen from Rs 20-25 per kg to Rs 40 per kg.
The prices of lemon have also increased from Rs 20-25 for 250 grams to Rs 30-40 for the same weight.