Prices of vegetables on fire

November 19, 2013 Off By Web Desk

Naudero, Sindh: The prices of daily-use kitchen items, specially vegetables, have gone beyond the reach of common man.

A visit to local vegetable market here on Tuesday showed that the vendors and shopkeepers were selling vegetables on rates that a poor person or a labourer cannot afford. Tomato were being sold for Rs200per kg, new crop potato Rs80, old potato Rs60, brinjal Rs50, spinach Rs4, green chilli Rs80, lemon Rs120, turnip Rs40, cauliflower Rs80, cabbage Rs70, cucumber Rs80, onion Rs70, sweet potatoes Rs60, peas Rs200, pumpkin Rs40, bitter gourd Rs70, Holus root Rs70, capsicum Rs180, green onions Rs80, and gram spinach Rs 80 per kg.

The vendors told PPI that these rates have been given to them by the Market Committee Inspector of Ratodero Taluka and they are bound to sale vegetables as per official lists.

On the other hand the citizens said that many of these vegetables are produced locally and their rates on unrealistically high.

A labourer, Mohsin, said that he is earning Rs300 per day and supporting a family of eight. He said that it is impossible for him to feed children in this price hike era. He further said that when he find no work his family either remains hungry or neighbours send some food. He urged the government to take measures for the poor so that they can also feed their families.

Shopkeeper Niaz Ali said that government must disband Market Committees and restore old system because Market Committees are the main source of corruption and price hike.