In what appears to be unusual for the winter season, vegetable prices soar in kitchens, forcing middle-class families to skimp on vegetable consumption in Odisha.
At this time of the year, when the markets are generally full of vegetables and their prices well within everyone’s reach, this season, the situation is not the same.
In the state capital, Bhubaneswar, Unit-I is the largest vegetable market. Nowadays, people who visit this market have to do a math on the back of the envelope so that they can purchase items within their reach.
The OTV team assessed the price situation in the market and was surprised to find that almost all of the major vegetables, from squash to brinjal, green peas and peppers to tomatoes were selling for between 50 and 100 rupees on the day. kilo Sunday. The price of cauliflower was between Rs 40 and Rs 50 each. Likewise, cabbage, bitter gourd and cucumber sold for between 40 and 50 Rs per kilo.
Not only Bhubaneswar, the same situation also prevails in other parts of the state. Vegetables that normally go to a winter distress sale are now selling for prices beyond expectations.
“Almost all vegetables are sold at exorbitant prices. Ordinary people like us feel the pinch. We find it very difficult to buy vegetables for our families, ”observed Bijay Mohanty, a resident of Cuttack.
Echoing the same sentiment, Fakir Jena, a resident of Bhubaneswar, said soaring vegetable prices had forced them to limit the amount they buy.
A grocer at the Unit I vegetable market said the situation this year is quite different from last year. At the same time last year, we were selling two cauliflowers at Rs 20. But now they sell for between Rs 40 and Rs 50, depending on their size.
According to the association of vegetable traders Cuttack Chhatra Bazaar, a drop in production and an increase in demand have led to the current situation. Against the usual five trucks of vegetables, only two trucks of vegetables arrive on the market.
“The incessant rains under the impact of consecutive depressions have recently caused significant damage to vegetable crops, resulting in poor production. The new crops will be harvested by January 15th. Once they start to hit the markets, the prices will go down. Right now, all kinds of vegetables come from other states like Bihar, Bangalore, West Bengal and Maharashtra, ”said Debendranath Sahu, secretary of the Cuttack Chhatra Bazaar Vegetable Traders Association.