Relief from skyrocketing prices of onions, tomatoes
Jalandhar – Prices of onions and tomatoes have fallen by 50 percent. The winter season prices have also dropped significantly. These days, the supply of vegetables has become smooth in all the ‘mandis’, which has brought down the prices. Hike in the prices of vegetables riding a Supply Squeeze due to low supplies by other states took a toll on the pockets of the common man in India recently. People in Punjab were bearing the brunt due to the high prices of onions and tomatoes, the most commonly used vegetables in Indian kitchens, as they were being sold for more than Rs 60 per kg in the retail markets. The onion which first cost Rs 60 per kg, is now less than Rs 40. Tomatoes worth Rs 80 per kg are now between Rs 20 to Rs 30. Even other vegetables are gone cheaper in these days. For instance, cabbage which was sold at Rs 40 per kg is now available at between Rs 20 to Rs 25 only. While giving information, the mandi traders said that earlier supplies of tomatoes were very low, which led to the price hike. Now, with the arrival of local crops, Rajasthan’s supply has also improved. Similarly, onions of Nashik have also reached the mandis, which has reduced the prices of onions as well. Tomatoes and onions are the basic ingredients of an Indian platter, and middle-class people have to spend almost the whole of their food budget on these commodities itself.
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