Hyderabad: Cashing in on the demand, markets in the city hiked vegetable prices exorbitantly on the day one of the lockdown.
Tomato at most of the markets and at outlets was sold for around Rs. 80 to Rs. 100 a kg, a steep hike in price from around Rs.10 a kg till a few days back.
Not just vegetable markets, even the rythu bazaars across the city on Monday hiked prices on most of the vegetables. A kg of tomato was fixed at Rs. 40 a kg there while chilli was sold for Rs. 90 a kg, almost four times of price that from Saturday.
Ramesh, Estate Officer, Erragadda Model Rythu Bazaar, said that there were less arrivals and thus, market had hiked prices on vegetables. “Most of the farmers were not sure whether the market will be remain open on Monday and did not turn up. With this, we had to run the business with limited farmers,” he said.
Vegetables prices are likely to come down on Tuesday as farmers were intimated about the dire need of essential commodities, Ramesh added.
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