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Vegetables turn the heat on during summer Saturday, May 26, 2001
Ahmedabad, May 25: Thanks to sweltering heat and the marriage season, cooking mouth watering delicacies like baingan ka bharta and matar paneer has become an expensive affair for housewives.
The summer months are a time when the housewives have to compromise with their cooking since these expensive vegetables are harsh on the household budget. Khamasa, a semi wholesale market in the Dhalgarvaad area sells peas for an astronomical price of Rs 25 per kg.
Says Dilip, a vegetable vendor, “This rise in price is mainly due the onset of summer. During summer peas are transported from Mumbai while vegetables like cabbage and cauliflower come from Shimla.” This slack on part of the local farmer is mainly due to the water scarcity prevalent in this region.
The transportation and the packaging costs add to the cost burden that has ultimately to be borne by the consumer. The transportation costs range from anything between Rs 5,000 to Rs 12,000. Another vegetable vendor also mentioned that they earn a margin of only one or two rupees on every kilo and hence do not encourage bargaining. It is only the bulk buyer who gets the benefit of discount.
An employee at the Agriculture Product Market Committee said, “Tomatoes that come from Jaipur have to be packed in cartons before transportation, which cost about Rs 20. This further contributes to the price rise of tomatoes.”
Another reason for the rise in prices is the onset of the marriage season. During this time the demand for vegetables in the market goes up while the supply is less.Leave the wholesale market and reach retailers in the Navrangpura area, and these prices almost double.
Lemons are probably the most atrociously priced. While Khamasa sells lemons for Rs 16 a kg, a vegetable vendor near Law garden Vadodara, May 25: Three Vadodara boys left and came back to their homes after the higher secondary board results were declared on Thursday. The students had left home because of poor performance in the examination.
According to the police Prashant Rameshchadra Chawda, a student of Bright school residing at Shital society did not come back home till evening. His father informed the Karelibaug police about his missing son. However, Prashant returned late on Thursday night.
Similarly, Rikil Mahandrabhai Patel who had gone to collect his result from S S Patel high school did not turn up at home at Krishnashanti society till late evening. His father also lodged a complaint at the JP Road police station.
Similarly another complaint was lodged by by Vijaykumar Sindhe of Vihar society in the Akota area regarding his absconding son Prithvish after the HSC results were declared. Police said that Prithvish did not come home, as he could not score well in the exams. However, both Rikil and Prithvish came back home on Thursday according to JP Road police.
News Source : The AsianAge Ahmedabad Edition [ The coolest Newspaper for city ]