Ujjain: Prices of vegetables in the Malwa region have shown a steep increase due to scanty rains.
Rate of tomatoes touched Rs 100 per kilogram in Ujjain retail vegetable market recording a 3 times increase in prices. Coriander leaves are being sold at Rs 80 per kilogram, green chilly Rs 75 per kilogram, beans, bitter gourd, sponge gourd at Rs 60 per kilogram and rates of other vegetables are also on the rise. Only rates of onion and potatoes are running moderate.
Vegetable wholesalers sellers said vegetable merchants have been importing tomatoes from Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra. Grossly 400 to 500 crates of tomatoes are being sold in the wholesale vegetable markets.
They added that mediators and hoarders had deliberately increased the rates of tomatoes. Maximum tomatoes are being sent in by hoarders and not farmers. They said farmers of every state sold tomatoes to vegetable merchants at very low rates, who stored them in cold storages. Flood in Maharashtra and other parts of the country had damaged the crop, traders said and therefore there is little possibility of prices falling in the near future, they added.