–PTI govt urged to bring ‘change’ in Sunday bazaars
–Green peas selling for Rs 240 per kg
LAHORE: While soaring prices of winter vegetables and fruits have emptied the pockets of citizens this week, most of the supply was short in the makeshift markets due to the price fixation issue, Pakistan Today has observed.
Tomato prices remained high and shoppers, in particular, complained their rates in Wahdat Colony and Shadman Sunday Bazaars. Tomatoes were selling for Rs 60 per kg, however, a number of customers kept on arguing with the shopkeepers about the low quality who were ridding themselves of the rotten ones. Onions were selling for Rs 25 per kg while fresh potatoes were selling for Rs 20 per kg.
Saima Bibi, a housewife and resident of Shadman, lashed out at the authorities for managing only poor quality fruits and vegetables in the Sunday bazaar. “Every fruit is either rotten or of low quality. No one is going to check this trend. It is never possible to have complete shopping from any Sunday bazaar. The new government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) led by Prime Minister Imran Khan should provide relief to the masses and bring ‘real change’ in the bazaars.”
On the other hand, winter vegetables, such as green peas, cauliflower, carrot, teenday, green chilli and leafy vegetables were also out of the reach of common people and their supply was short. Green peas, cauliflower and carrots were almost missing from the Sunday bazaars but vendors were seen selling them outside the markets without having any price list with them.
Green peas were selling for Rs 240 per kg, cauliflower for Rs 120 per kg, teenday for Rs 130 per kg, brinjal for Rs 40 per kg and carrots for Rs 120 per kg. Spinach and saag were selling for Rs 20 and Rs 25 per kg respectively and their demand was high.
Price of bitter gourd was high among the summer vegetables and they were selling for Rs 120 per kg. The prices of other summer vegetables were comparatively low. Ladyfinger was selling for Rs 70 per kg in the Sunday bazaars while they were available for Rs 60 outside the markets.
Trader Muhammad Ramzan said that the price of tomatoes increased sharply because the supply from Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan dropped in the recent time. He said that the government is making efforts to import them from other countries to bring down the prices.
Vendors at Sunday bazaars were reported to cheat their customers by charging higher prices and under-weighing the merchandise.
Officials of the city district government and town administration have kept silent over the issue of price hikes of fruits and vegetables, despite the fact that they had placed large banners at the entrance of most Sunday bazaars that display the controlled rates; however, there seemed no effort by authorities concerned to ensure price regulation.
Commenting on the situation, Market Committee Inspector Riaz Bhatti said that the prices of winter vegetables are high because of their demand. He said, “The low rain this year affected the winter crop as well. Whenever the summer or winter season starts, the prices of these commodities are naturally high due to high demand issue.”
He hoped that the prices of winter vegetables would come down after some time as the supply would improve.