Rain pushes up veggie prices in Bengaluru | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Incessant rain around Bengaluru and in neighbouring states in the past week has damaged greens and vegetables, causing their prices to shoot up.
Tomatoes, which were available for Rs 30 per kg a fortnight ago, now cost Rs 80. Their supply to Bengaluru is from Kolar, Bengaluru Rural, Ramanagara and Chikkaballapur, but tomato-growing areas in these districts have been witnessing heavy rain. While the produce is beginning to rot on fields because of excess water, what has compounded the problem is non-availability of labourers to work during rain, farmers said.
The retail price of beans has increased from Rs 40 a kg to Rs 80, while that of brinjal from Rs 30 a kg to Rs 90 in the past week.
The likes of KR Market, Malleswaram, KR Puram, Yeshwantpur and Gandhi Bazaar are barely finding customers because of exorbitant prices. BL Shankarappa, president of APMC Varthakara Sangha, said, “We are getting only half the actual produce. This is the primary reason for increasing prices. This is usual during monsoon, but we have crossed that period. Frequent cyclones are affecting the market.”
Kolar, Chikkaballapur, Doddaballapur, Tamil Nadu, Salem and Ballari are among the places from where Bengaluru gets most greens.
Ramesh Babu, a vendor from Gandhi Bazaar, told TOI, “There are veggies in markets but we can’t purchase them because of high price. A quintal of tomato costs Rs 6,000, when earlier it was Rs 2,000.”
With the impact of the pandemic reducing in recent times, weddings and festive occasions have become more frequent, and with it the purchase of bulk vegetables has gone up, said T Vanajakshi, a vegetable and flower vendor at Gandhi Bazaar. “When vegetables are purchased in large quantities, prices generally go up and the common man has to bear the brunt of that,” she said.
Supriya Soman, a resident of Chickpet, said it is best to grow vegetables in one’s own terrace garden. “Growing vegetables in your home works out cheaper considering these fluctuating costs,” she felt.
Malini Prathap of Malleswaram said she would wait for a week before going out to buy vegetables. “It is better to buy after a week rather than spending thousands of rupees now.”

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