The prices of Onion & Tomato cannot be Control by Government


Vegetables prices of Onion & Tomato:

Vegetables prices of Onion & Tomato which have increased quite rapidly in the past two months. Lahore Market Committee’s official price list shows that the government has fixed tomato price at Rs 115 to R s 122 and Rs 116 to Rs 120 per kg for open market and Sunday bazaars but tomatoes are being sold for Rs 140 to Rs 150 per kg in the market. Even though the government has ensured availability at Sunday bazaars, most shoppers complained about poor quality and high price of the available variety.

Is a very bad news for poor people who cannot afford the Vegetables prices of Onion & Tomato which are increased day by day.Citizens also complained that instead of controlling prices and ensuring availability of tomatoes at Sunday bazaars, the government has lost its control on onions too.

Muhammad Rafiq, who was visiting Shadman Sunday bazaar, said that it was one of the biggest Sunday markets in the city where ministers, deputy commissioner and other senior officials are seen regularly, yet the bazaar management had failed to make onions available at stalls.

The Lahore division commissioner and deputy commissioner are supervising all price control efforts daily and it is impossible for any official to deceive the system, he added.

Most of the vegetables price rates were stable while some items registered raise despite abundant supply. Cauliflower rate was up to Rs 55 per kg from earlier rate of Rs 40 per kg while peas rates went up to Rs 200 per kg from last rate of Rs 120 per kg. This week in the Sunday bazaars, price of potato was fixed at Rs 45 per kg and A-grade potato was sold at Rs 55 per kg while onion rate was raised by Rs 14 per kg, tomato price was increased by Rs 7 per kg. Carrot price was raised to Rs 67 per kg and turnip rate was fixed at Rs 44 per kg and sold at Rs 65 per kg. Ginger (Thailand) rate was increased by Rs 10 per kg and fixed at Rs 250 and ginger (India) at Rs 275 per kg.
The Punjab government had set up the special makeshift Sastay bazaars across the province to control the price hike of vegetables and fruits. However, the efforts of the government have proved futile due to its artificial steps to control the inflation.
President of Anjuman Wholesale Vegetable Market Haji Shabbir said the Balochistan onion crop is drawing to an end, resulting in low supply in the markets.

According to experts, if government makes efforts to reduce the involvement of the middlemen in supply of the perishable items from farm to market, the inflation can be controlled to a large extent. The government can also reduce the prices by ensuring provision of subsidy to the farmers.



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