Vegetable prices unlikely to go up in Hyderabad

Rythu Bazaar officials don’t expect any increase in retail cost of these items any time soon

By   |  Published: 21st Jun 2021  12:14 amUpdated: 21st Jun 2021  12:15 am
Customers purchasing vegetables from a vendor at Erragada Rythu Bazar in city. — Photo: Surya Sridhar

Hyderabad: With the Statewide unlock and the vegetable prices that have been quite stable over the past few days, Hyderabadis don’t have to worry about shelling out big bucks for veggies anytime soon. And according to traders and officials at Rythu Bazaars in the city, the prices are expected to remain the same with the monsoon here.

“We have had a steady supply of vegetables over the past few weeks and despite the lockdown, sellers have also been having a steady sale. While there have been slight changes in the retail prices, it is only by a few rupees,” says Swapna, an official at Vanasthalipuram Rythu Bazaar. “We don’t expect any increase in prices any time soon,” she adds.

According to another official of the Rythu Bazaar, Balaram, there has been an abundant supply of vegetables to all markets, and with the unlock, the supplies and number of sellers has also increased.

“During the lockdown, we asked the sellers to come on alternate days to reduce the number of people, but now all sellers are coming. This will ensure an ample supply of vegetables and we don’t foresee any major price fluctuations in the upcoming weeks,” says Balaram.

Even if there is a slight increase in the prices of some vegetables, according to Balaram, this could be attributed to increased sales as well.

For example, onion was retailing at Rs 19 per kg last week and two days ago, it was Rs 24 per kg and now it is Rs 26 per kg. “There has been a marginal hike in prices but it has been small and in the case of some vegetables like carrots and beans, the end-of-season has increased the prices. Beans are now selling at Rs 75 per kg,” adds Balaram.

Additionally, there has been an increase in sale of tomatoes, okra, ivy gourd and chillies over the past few days and their prices have increased slightly. Especially with chillies, the pricing which dipped a bit last week, rose again.

But, according to Balaram, these prices are expected to be the same for most part over the next few weeks with the unlock facilitating easier transport of the vegetables.

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