17 October 2019
Bhubaneswar: Vegetables are in demand during the holy month of Kartika in Odisha. However, the soaring prices of vegetables in Bhubaneswar has been a cause of concern for the consumers from the past week.
The common man is finding it difficult to shop the weekly quota of vegetables in one go. "Each commodity's price has risen. Be it tomato, capsicum, cauliflower, cabbage or pointed gourd, the price of every item is high by Rs 10 to 40," a senior citizen said.
Vegetable vendors in Unit I market said that in previous years Kartika month's sale was high and earned them good profits. This year, however, the soaring prices have impacted the sale, they said.
While the shopkeepers said it was due to unseasonal rains and scarcity of stock, the consumers blamed the vendors for intentionally raising the price because it is the holy month of Kartika.
"We will have vegetarian for the whole month. So, this month is a jackpot for the vendors and we are suffering," an elderly woman said.