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Pakistan: Potatoes, onions being sold at high rates

Prices of onions and potatoes are still high in vegetable markets of Rawalpindi despite a considerable reduction in POL prices. According to a survey conducted by ‘The News,’ all vegetables and other items of daily use are still being sold at higher rates in the city. Potatoes are being sold for Rs30 per kilogram, while onions are available at the rate of Rs25 to Rs30 per kilogram.

The new potato crop is being sold in markets for a month but its price is still high. Prices of potatoes and onions are comparatively low in other cities of the country. One kilogram of potatoes are being sold for Rs19 in Sialkot, Rs23 in Lahore, Rs18 in Faisalabad, Rs24 in Gujranwala, Rs22 in Multan and Rs17 in Wazirabad. The per kilogram rate of onions is Rs18 in Sialkot, Rs24 in Lahore, Rs14 in Faisalabad, Rs22 in Gujranwala, Rs20 in Multan and Rs18 in Wazirabad. These figures show that prices of onions and potatoes are higher in Rawalpindi as compared to other cities of the country.

Special Price Magistrate Saeed Ahmed Toor told ‘The News’ that prices of onions and potatoes would come down in vegetable markets within days and people would get relief. According to him, price magistrates visit ‘mandis’ and markets to keep a check on prices of items of daily use.

The customers in vegetable markets told ‘The News’ that concerned authorities should take action against profiteers. “Potatoes and onions are used in a variety of foods and their prices should be decreased,” said Nasreen Akhtar, a housewife, while shopping at the Chungi No. 22 ‘Sabzi Mandi’. “We cannot buy potatoes, onions and other items of daily use at high rates. We simply cannot afford,” said Imran Ahmed Qureshi.

Source: thenews.com.pk

Publication date: 12/16/2008


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