Sharp increase in vegetable, poultry prices witnessed

An overall sudden increase in the prices of vegetables and poultry has been seen across the country while the authorities are keeping a mum and no steps taken to ensure improvement in supply chain. The prices of tomatoes have reached Rs 130 per kilogram after an increase of Rs 30. Per kilo price of green chilies went up to Rs 120 per kilogram following a hike of Rs 80.

The per kilo cost of capsicum reached Rs 100 after an increase of Rs 80 whereas the price of garlic and ginger went up to Rs 340 and 200 per kilogram respectively. Tomatoes were being sold in Islamabad's Sunday Market at Rs 130 per kilogram. In Karachi, price of tomato went up to Rs 120 following a hike of 90 rupees since the past two weeks.

On the other hand, poultry which was considered as a poor man's food item due to fewer prices compared to pulses has also registered a sharp increase in Karachi, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore and Peshawar. With short supply, shopkeepers dealing with the business are charging the consumers at their sweet will. While the official rate in Karachi has been given as Rs190 per kg, it is being sold at Rs 250 per kg.

The situation is no different in Peshawar as the per kilogram cost of tomatoes reached Rs 100 whereas potatoes cost Rs 40 per kilo.

The rates of green chilies reached 120 per kilogram whereas the cost of capsicum went up to Rs 100 per kilogram.

Garlic costs Rs 340 per kilogram while per kilo price of ginger has gone up to Rs 200 per kilogram. In Lahore, per kilo cost of tomatoes has also gone up to Rs 90.