Rain sends veggie prices soaring in Hubballi | Hubballi News – Times of India

HUBBALLI: The prices of some vegetables in Hubballi city have shot up because of heavy rain that has damaged crops and adversely affected their arrival to markets.
The APMC has received a lesser quantity of vegetables and this has resulted in a steep rise in vegetable prices.
The price of green chilli has increased to Rs 60 to 70 per kg and tomatoes are priced Rs 70-80 a kilo. Beans, capsicum, ladies’ fingers, brinjal, cucumber and cabbage are priced between Rs 50-60 a kilo, when these were Rs 20-40 a kg a few days back.
The continuous rain for a few days hampered transportation. Also, work in the fields was hampered and is one of the reasons for the rise in prices.
MN Hebballi, a vegetables wholesaler in an APMC, said the green chili arrives to the market from local areas and neighbouring districts. But due to the decrease in the stock of green chilli, the price has gone up to Rs 3,000-3,500 per sack, which is all-time high. Also tomato per box (25 kg) is Rs 1,000-1,200.
“The prices are likely to increase for some more days as the region is receiving heavy rain. If the situation continues for more days, the prices will remain high,” Hebballi said. Sudhakar, a hotel manager, said the prices of vegetables have gone up drastically and it was difficult to maintain quality, “but at the same time we can’t raise the price now. Green chilli, tomato, beans are needed for day-to-day business, without compromising with quality,” he added. Maqsood Mulla, a resident of Koulpeth, said, “I have reduced the quantity of vegetables I buy. Earlier, I used to purchase vegetables for 15 days, but now I buy for only for a week,” Mulla said.

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