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As a result of floods in the region, the prices of vegetables have soared. The price rise is getting all the more harrowing for the families which are vegetarian. Women buying vegetables from vendors were astonished over the continuously increasing prices. However, the fruit prices are in its normal range. This is a three-step procedure in which people have their own reasons for justification.
While dealers say: Vikas Baweja from Bihari Lal & Sons, wholesalers in fruits and vegetables, said, "Prices are increasing because even the wholesale market is suffering a lot due to heavy rains. This is the reason the transportation of veggies become even harder and, thus, the supply is shortened. Supply decreases and thus the prices for the common man increases manifold."
He added, "There is no assurance when the prices will be back to normal but we are expecting this as soon as the rain situation gets better. But we cannot say anything for sure right now."
Retail speak: As per Amit Kumar from Navjot Vegetable Store, "The prices are soaring because we are getting the veggies from the wholesale market at very high rates. The heavy rains have damaged tomatoes, tinda and tori. Along with the rains, the soaring prices of diesel in Punjab have added fuel to fire."
Consumer claim: Sujata Goel, a homemaker, says, "I came to buy 1 kg tomatos but the price has touched Rs 60 a kg. So now I have bought only half a kg with a hope that tomorrow prices will get lower. Rising prices make a great difference in the quantity we consume."
Another housewife, Jaya Singal, expresses great surprise over spinach saying, "Spinach has become so costly, even the poorest quality of spinach is touching the sky-high price."
Sangeeta Garg, says, "A vegetable like tori which is very common does not even need special care, its vines grow here and there in the rural areas is getting so costly. Then what can we say about other veggies which are procured from other states."