Traders blame labor shortages

Vegetable prices high in Kolkata

Prices of vegetables remain unusually high in Kolkata due to the shortage of manpower triggered by a sudden surge in Covid infections among retailers and wholesalers. This shortage has upset the supply chain, causing many winter vegetables to be as costly as above Rs 50 a kg, while in previous years, prices dropped back to below Rs 20 by mid-January.

“There is a severe manpower shortage. The loading-unloading men are not there, coolies (porters) are absent and the collection boys are not working either. It is a very difficult situation at every market in the city,” said Kamal De, president, Bengal Vendors’ Association.

[ Rs100 = €1.20 ]


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