The prices of food items, including vegetables, have started to skyrocket even as the coronavirus crisis shows no sign of abating. The prices of vegetables, in particular, have increased quite significantly with retail prices of almost all kinds rising from 25 per cent to 200 per cent.
The most significant rise has been registered in the price of tomato. Vegetable traders say prices have risen due to crop failure during the rainy season.
Adil Ahmad Khan, chairman of Delhi’s Azadpur Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee (APMC), told IANS that prices of most green vegetables have registered an increase in the past one month, due to reduced arrivals during the rainy season. According to Khan, another reason for rise in prices of vegetables is due to increased diesel price. “Vegetable traders point out that the cost of transportation of vegetables has increased due