The prices of food items in India, including vegetables, have started to skyrocket even as the COVID-19 crisis shows no sign of abating. The prices of vegetables, in particular, have increased quite significantly with retail prices of almost all kinds rising from 25 to 200 per cent.
The most significant rise has been registered in the price of tomatoes. Vegetable traders say prices have risen due to crop failure during the rainy season.
Azadpur Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) chairman Adil Ahmad Khan said that the prices of most green vegetables have registered an increase in the past one month, due to reduced arrivals during the rainy season. According to Khan, another reason for rise in prices of vegetables is due to increased diesel price. "Vegetable traders point out that the cost of transportation of vegetables has increased due to diesel being expensive.”
However, Greater Noida retailer Munendra also sells vegetables at a higher price though he does not have to bear the cost of transportation to bring vegetables from his farms to shops. He said the crops usually perish in the rainy season, which also reduces the yield. This is why the prices of vegetables are increasing.
Vijay Ahuja, an agent at Okhla Mandi, said that in the rainy season, the arrival of vegetables reduces every year, due to which the prices keep rising.