Though the markets and ‘mandis’ are full of flowers and fruits these days, but there are hardly any buyers. Same is the case of vegetables. According to sellers, the sky-touching prices of these products is the main reason why the markets wear a deserted look.
Prices of most products transported from other cities and states have almost doubled. Shopkeepers complain that the demand has come down considerably due to the high prices. Locally produced vegetables and fruits continue to be sold at the old prices and even the supply is not hit.
Initially due to flood, and now with the festive season, the fruits and vegetables are proving to be out of reach for ‘aam aadmi’. Nothing in the market remain affordable for the commoners, said Sandeep, a shopkeeper in a local mandi.
The prices of vegetables are much more in comparison to the prices in the previous few months due to weather changes and floods in the region. Even potato is out the reach of common man, as it being sold at Rs15 per kg.
Coriander and brinjal, the vegetables of present season, are beyond the reach of poor. Coriander is being sold at Rs 200 per kg and brinjal at Rs 25.
Similar is the case of ladyfinger, cauliflower, tomato, onion and capsicum which are being sold in between Rs 35 and Rs 50 per kg.
Meanwhile, buying flowers could actually leave one’s wallet thinner. Varieties like rose, mora and marigold are being sold between Rs 200 and Rs 500 per kg. Almost Rs 50 more in every variety, what it was a week ago.
Prices of exotic varieties like chrysanthemums, blue daisies, carnations etc have gone up by at least Rs 70 per kg. These flowers are mainly used for decorative purposes.
“We hardly have any customers. Flowers are decaying on the stands. The prices have increased since ‘Navratra’ but I think people are not coming due further rise in prices,” said Sunita, owner of flower stall. The price of roses is always high during any festival and the same is true for Diwali and ‘Chhath puja’. The wholesale price of Rs 100 for 100 pieces may surge to Rs 250 in the next two days. “During the festive seasons, the labour and transport charges are high and this leads to increase in prices,” she added.
However, the fruits are the worst hit. “The supply is less. The prices of most fruits, including common ones like mosambi and banana, have gone up. There are very few customers. We are a worried lot,” says Shivam, owner of a fruit stall. “It’s a miserable period for us,” he added.
“We use to prepare small baskets for ‘Chhath’ and ‘Annakoot’ rituals. The charges are high as most of the vegetables and fruits are very costly. So, we hardly buyers,” said Ankur, a seller at Phoolbagh fruit ‘Mandi’.