Fani Aftermath: Vegetable Prices Soar In Bhubaneswar
Bhubaneswar: Due to extensive damage to crops in Cyclone Fani, vegetable prices have shot up in the capital city, adding to the woes of the residents.
Vegetable prices at the wholesale Unit-I market here have almost doubled. Pointed gourd which was selling at Rs. 30 per kilogram is now being sold at Rs. 55 per kg. Similarly, lady’s finger (okra), tomato and brinjal (eggplant), which were earlier available at Rs. 30, Rs. 20 and Rs 25 a kilo have shot up to Rs. 50, Rs. 50 and Rs. 40 respectively.
Similarly, ginger, garlic and papaya are being sold at Rs. 140, Rs. 120 and Rs. 40 per kg respectively.
General secretary of Odisha Byabasayee Mahasangha Sudhakar Panda said since large tracts of vegetable fields in Puri and Khordha have been damaged, Bhubaneswar is depending on vegetable supply from Jajpur district. He also said the gap between the demand and supply of vegetable is causing price rise.
The prices of vegetable will come down once fresh produce of the monsoon crops arrives in the market, said Panda.