Mrunal Manmay Dash

Bhubaneswar: As if COVID-19 induced lockdowns and shutdowns were not enough, the looming flood threat has pushed vegetable prices through the roof in Odisha.

As per reports, all the vegetables that were selling between Rs 20-30/kg just days before are now selling above Rs 50/kg and if the traders are to be believed, then the prices are set to further climb in the coming days owing to the damage to crops in several areas due to torrential rain & flooding.

Some buyers who have come to buy green vegetables in Unit-I market expressed their dissatisfaction over the steep rise in prices. “It is impacting our budget in a big way as the prices have almost doubled in a matter of days,” said a buyer in Bhubaneswar.

Kabiraj Swain, the Secretary of Green Vegetable Vendors Association said, “We procure vegetables mostly from West Bengal, Maharashtra and Karnataka and they are all grappling with severe rain induced flood."

Speaking about the vegetables that are locally sourced, Swain said, “Odisha does not produce enough that could cater to the demands of the State.”

The situation will ease after the flood situation eases and new crop arrives, he said.

(Edited By Bikram Keshari Jena)

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