Prices of tomato, onion, ginger, the core ingredients of kitchen, continues to rise, as tomato price had touched Rs 80 per kilogram in the local market of provincial capital. According to weekly survey conducted by Business Recorder here on Sunday, a sharp increase was witnessed in price of tomato, reportedly due to acute shortage of supply. The continuous price rise in the basic and essential commodity is causing inconvenience to the middle class people as well as the poor, ahead of holy month of Ramazan.
During the survey it was noticed that the wholesale price of tomato is around Rs 70 to Rs 80 per kilogram, while in retailers are selling at Rs 100 per kilogram.
Similarly, the price of onion has also increased as a five-kilogram good-quality onion is available at Rs 250, which was earlier being sold at Rs 180. Ginger is being traded at Rs 240 per kilogram, against the Rs 160 recorded in previous week.
Likewise, the potato price has also increased as a five-kilogram potato is available at Rs 140 against Rs 70 five kg during the preceding week.
Tomato traders attributed the rise in prices to drop in supplies from southern region and high prices at other supplying regions in anticipation of drought.
A sharp increase in prices of vegetable was also witnessed. According to the survey, a five-kilogram peas was available at Rs 500, ladyfinger available at Rs450, shimla mirch at Rs 400, and a five-kg arvi being sold at Rs 350, and karela at Rs 350.
Increase in the prices of food-grains was also witnessed, as 49-kilogram rice was being traded at Rs 5,600 from Rs 5200 while a 49-kg bag of Dal channa rose to Rs 4,600, which was being sold at Rs 4300/- during the preceding week. It was notice that price of eggs was on declining, as a box containing 300 eggs, is being sold at Rs 1500, while in retail market egg is available at Rs 70 to Rs 80 per dozen.
(Source – http://www.blackseagrain.net/novosti/pakistan-tomato-onion-ginger-prices-continue-to-soar)