Prices of basic commodities, including fruits and vegetables, have risen in different parts of the country, leaving a hole in the pocket of the common man.
The hike in fruit and vegetable prices comes at a time when the country is experiencing a rise in fuel prices, including compressed natural gas (CNG).
In Surat, Gujarat, the price of lemon has gone up to Rs 300 per kilogram due to increased demand and lack of supply.
This lemon is in high demand amid the national celebration of Chaitra Navratri and Ramzan, during this hot summer.
“The price of lemons has also gone up significantly due to the damages done to lemon plants during last year’s cyclone in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat,” said a Surat vegetable wholesaler.
In Uttarakhand, the prices of almost all vegetables have gone up, lemons are sold at 200-250 rupees per kg, and bitter gourds are sold at 30-35 rupees per kg in mandi.
“The regular increase in fuel prices directly affects sellers and buyers. The prices of fruits and vegetables have gone up,” said a vegetable seller in Mandi in Uttarakhand.
Amid rising prices, sellers fear potential losses. They consider the increase in transportation costs to be one of the reasons for the high rates of fruit and vegetables.
“Transporting vegetables and fruits now costs around Rs 6,000 (previously Rs 3,000), and to make up for this, we have to sell fruits and vegetables at higher prices,” said one of the vendors.
In Puducherry, watermelon prices have increased by Rs 50. The price of tomatoes, peppers, radishes, pumpkins and squash in Bihar saw a jump last week, as traders said higher fuel prices were behind the increase.
The country is witnessing an increase in the prices of gasoline, diesel and compressed natural gas. Petrol in the national capital costs 105.41 rupees, while in Mumbai, it crossed the 120 rupees mark on Wednesday.