Bhubaneswar: Soaring prices of vegetables in the capital city of Odisha is burning holes in household budgets.
Prices of almost all types of vegetables have crossed Rs 60 per kilogram. While brinjals are being sold Rs 60 per kilogram, consumers are shelling out Rs 80 from their pockets per one kilogram of pointed gourd.
Similarly, a kilogram of tomatoes is priced at Rs 60, okra is being sold at Rs 50 per kilogram. It is better not to talk about beans which are being sold around Rs 120 per kilogram.
Apart from that, primary kitchen staples like potatoes and onions have also increased significantly. While the price of the tuber crop has touched Rs 40 per kilogram, onions are being sold at Rs 50 per kilo.
A trader in Unit IV market attributes excessive rains in Maharashtra, supply shortage and rise in demand in West Bengal as prime reason behind the skyrocketing of potato and onion prices in Odisha.
“Flood and heavy rain in most parts of the Odisha have affected the vegetable farming in the state causing lack of supply and the rise in prices. The spiral curve may increase for some more days,” he said.
“The price rise is causing lot of troubles for the consumers amid the Covid-19 crisis. People are buying less amount of vegetable from the market as compared to some weeks earlier and it has affected our business as well,” said another seller.
The price rise has given hard times to the consumers. “We are forced to buy less amount of vegetable because of exorbitant price,” a consumer said.