India: Vegetable prices soar in Hyderabad as rains damage crops

Vegetable prices in Hyderabad, Telangana, are rising drastically as heavy rains have damaged crops and caused a supply shortage. Some vegetable vendors are forced to sell vegetable at almost six times the original price due to the recent rains which have hit the supplies.

"Two weeks ago I sold tomatoes for Rs 8 or Rs 10 and today I am selling the same tomatoes for Rs 60. Heavy rains have damaged the cropped fields. Instead of ten lorries, only two are approaching the markets. We are purchasing it for Rs 50 from the wholesaler, and selling them for Rs 60 to the retailer. Same goes with the prices of onions too. We sold it for Rs15 a few days ago and now we are selling it for Rs 60," said Lingam.

Lingam further stated that the other cause of the soared prices is the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) strike due to which the farmers, who sell vegetables in small quantity, are unable to commute and reach the market from far away villages. In such a situation, the farmers are left with only one option to travel via private lorries which are already in high demand right now.

Sarvesh, a Senior Citizen told "Today the tomato price is Rs 40 to Rs 60 depending upon the quality and soon the prices will rise up to Rs100 if this situation continues. How will the pensioners and old people buy such expensive vegetables? The prices are rising day by day."

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