Vegetable prices have gone up rapidly in Delhi and other parts of the country. Amidst all, it is the price of lemon that has grabbed eyeballs. Prices of lemons have gone up as high as Rs 350 per kilogram.
Hikes in petrol, diesel and CNG prices have resulted in increased transportation costs, which has been one of the main factors why vegetable prices have gone up. However, in the case of lemon, traders have cited production issues behind the spike in rates. Several of them have said that prices of lemons have been soaring due to the after-effects of a cyclone in Gujarat.
During summer, lemon water is essential as it helps you to remain hydrated and fight the scorching heat. But lemon is available on the market for Rs 350 per kg, which means you would not even get one for Rs 10, according to a PTI report.
The spike in lemon prices has been primarily due to the shortage in supply and high demand during the ongoing summer season.
A vegetable seller in Noida, pointed out that the rates have gone up at the vegetable markets due to the fuel price hike, coupled with damage of crops in Gujarat due to a cyclone. Due to the hike in the prices of petrol, diesel and cooking gas, the transportation cost has increased, causing a ripple effect on vegetable prices. The rates of lemons are soaring because of a natural calamity in Gujarat, he told PTI.
OTHER VEGETABLES PRICES
Another vegetable trader in east Delhi, said there has been a rise in the rates of lemon and capsicum, while the prices of staple vegetables like onion and tomato have also gone up.
“These days, lemon prices are ranging between Rs 300 and Rs 350 per kg, which is unprecedented. It is because of the crop loss due to a cyclone in Gujarat. Tomato prices are ranging between Rs 40 and Rs 45 per kg while earlier, it used to be sold for around Rs 30-35 per kg. Similarly, onion prices have also been hiked and now, it is around Rs 40 per kg. It used to be sold for around Rs 30-35 per kg earlier,” he said.
Similar thoughts were shared by a vegetable trader who said they have been buying vegetables at higher rates in the wholesale markets and hence, the ripple effect is being felt in the retail markets as well.
“Most of the staple vegetables such as onion and tomato come to Delhi from Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka. The rates of onion and tomato have increased by about Rs 10-15 per kg because of the high transportation cost. Similarly, lemon, capsicum and chilies are also being sold at high rates because of a cyclone in Gujarat, coupled with the high transportation cost,” he said.