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Vegetable Prices Shoot Up In Bhubaneswar Post FANI


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16 May 2019

Snigdha Chandan Das


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Bhubaneswar: Local supply of vegetables in Odisha has dipped to bare minimum which is forcing traders to depend on markets in the neighbouring states. The situation, post-Fani has led to a gross shortage of vegetables in Odisha resulting in a hike in prices.

The rate of most of the vegetables such as green gourd, tomato, potato, onion, cabbage, ladyfinger, beans, cucumber, green chili and pumpkin have shot up by nearly 50 percent.

Our old stock has been sold or perished in the cyclone. There is no supply from local farmers who have been badly hit by the cyclone. The sellers here are now completely dependent on neighrbouring states to replenish stock for trading, a vegetable seller at Unit I daily market said.

The price of green gourd was Rs 30, now it is Rs 50 per kg. Similarly, tomotoes were sold at Rs 20, now the price is as high as Rs 60, KC Jena, a local resident said. "I do not blame the traders. Due to the natural calamity, there is no stock. The Government should take some steps to make-up for the stock deficit," Jena added.

"We are facing a lot of problems. Our daily intake of vegetables has been reduced to half since the prices have doubled. Before the cyclone the vegetable prices were ranging between Rs 20 and Rs 40. Now the same rates have shot beyond Rs 50," said Susama Nayak.

A local vegetable seller Sahadev Jena said that the traders are equally at loss. "We keep a margin of Rs 5 to Rs 10. We have not raised the prices. Since there is a lack of stock the traders are depending on outside supply and the rates have risen accordingly," he said.

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KC Jena

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Susama Nayak

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Sahadev Jena

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Srikanta Das