September 03, 2013
Price of tomatoes increased by 84 percent in July as compared to June 2013. Heavy rainfall and flood in various parts of the country are said to be the factors behind low tomato yield leading to its import and thus a higher price, says a Free and Fair Election (Fafen) report released here on Monday.
Fafen governance monitors visited 188 retail outlets in 105 districts and reported increase in the prices of other vegetables as well. Price of potatoes increased by 21 percent and onions 10 percent. A high increase was also registered in the price of fruits; dark red apples 38 percent, golden apples 35 percent and bananas 12 percent.
Prices of condiments went up with that of ginger increasing 12 percent, garlic eight percent and turmeric four percent. Among poultry products seven percent increase was observed for eggs while broiler chicken live went up one percent. Other meat items including beef and mutton also registered increase of three percent and two percent.
Similarly, prices of all the sweeteners- Gur, Desi Shaker- three percent each, and sugar one percent, dairy products eg fresh milk and yogurt one percent each and wheat (flour) three percent and grain one percent registered rise. An increase was also observed in the price of kitchen fuels; LPG three percent, firewood two percent and kerosene oil one percent.
Prices of pulses were also increased, washed Moong pulse five percent, white beans four percent, washed Masoor pulse three percent and red beans two percent, while price of chickpeas five percent, gram pulse four percent, washed Mash pulse and black gram one percent each went down. Of the rice varieties, Irri-6 went down two percent and Basmati broken one percent. The average price of Basmati-386 remained unchanged. Moreover, prices of mustard oil, branded cooking oil, and branded vegetable ghee dropped by two percent each. Except for the price of a plate of cooked beef that went down one percent all other cooked items experienced increase; eg a cup of hot tea four percent, a plate of Dal and a plate of vegetables one percent each.