LAHORE - Over charging continued at the weekly makeshift markets and the rates of major vegetables further increased, as no Sunday Bazaar was set up in the provincial capital officially due to security reasons.
The spiralling trend of the vegetables, especially of tomato and onion, continued in the open market despite abundant supply from the neighbouring country.
As there was no officially-established market, so the vendors were given free hand to charge the consumers as per their wishes. Though some of the vegetables prices have shown a declining trend, as their rates were reduced in the range of Rs1 to Rs4 as compared to the last weeks rates, yet the onions and tomatoes prices are not coming down substantially despite the fact that around 50 to 60 truckloads of tomatoes from India are crossing Wagah border daily to reach Pakistan.
In the same way, the shipments of the onions from India as well as Kabul are coming to Pakistan regularly but the rate of this commodity is still hovering around Rs40 to Rs60. If the demand and supply mechanism is true the rates of both the items should come down considerably keeping in view of the immense supply of these items but thanks to hoarders, who have held the supply to keep rates high for their maximum margin, said a vegetable market vender.
Cucumber price reduced by Rs 2 to 5 per kg to Rs 20 per kg and cucumber Desi rate was Rs30 to Rs 38 per kg. Peas rates reduced to Rs40 per kg from 50 to 60 per kg but was not available there. Capsicum rate reduced to Rs40 to 50 per kg and Green chilli price also went down by Rs 5 per kg to Rs40 to 50 per kg. Lemon (China) rate was Rs20 to 30 per kg and carrot price was Rs 25 to 28 per kg. Radish was being sold at Rs20 per kg while turnip was selling at Rs20 per kg.
Cauliflower witnessed a decrease in prices as its rates were down to Rs20 per kg from Rs30 of last week. The bitter gourd and lady finger were not available in most of the stalls. In the same way peas, despite showing a high rate, was very rare. Several other items showed a hike in their rates and were being sold at high prices this Sunday if compared to the last weeks rates. Garlic Chinese was available for Rs70 per kg from last weeks Rs80 per kg. In the same way, garlic desi was up and was selling for Rs100 per kg. Ginger showed a jump and was selling at Rs80 per kg, however other variety of gingers including Thailand and Chinese rate remained constant.
Spinach rates were Rs25 per kg but was available in limited amount. Brinjal price was fixed at Rs15 and cabbage price was fixed at Rs35 per kg. The price of potato (new) was fixed at Rs32 per kg.