Buyers at mercy of vendors, middlemen
LAHORE :In the absence of the district administration on Sunday massive overcharging, non-availability of majority of vegetables and further increase in the rates of almost all seasonal vegetables was observed.
No check from the district administration was observed to control the artificial inflation on perishable items created by the vendors and middlemen mafia in the city. No one bothered to check the reasons of increase in the majority of seasonal vegetables whose rates reached the level of off-season vegetables. The supply of seasonal vegetables is always at its peak in the months of July and August. Thus it brings down the rates. However, despite the ample supply the rates of these seasonal vegetables are on the rise for the last one month. The district government has not been looking into the matter and leaving the public at the mercy of the vendors and middlemen. Additionally, the vendors are also openly involved in the price list violation through massive overcharging.
Potato new was reduced by Rs2 per kg, reached Rs41 to 43 per kg, sugar-free fixed at Rs27 to 29 per kg, and stored at Rs18 to 20 per kg and stored sold at Rs43 per kg with the connivance of the market committee officials who issued Rs43 per kg rate for stored variety of potato.
Onion price was gained by Rs4 per kg, fixed at Rs24 to 26 per kg, rainwater damaged was sold at Rs26 per kg. Surging trend continued in tomato price reached Rs53 to 55 per kg registering an increase of Rs5 per kg, while sold at Rs60 per kg.
Garlic harnai price was reduced by Rs5 per kg, fixed at Rs83 to 85 per kg, garlic China gained by Rs15 per kg, fixed at Rs121 to 125 per kg, and garlic local fixed at Rs111 to 114 per kg, while all variety was sold at Rs130 per kg.
Ginger Chinese rate was enhanced by Rs50 per kg, fixed at Rs165 to 170 per kg, and ginger Singapore by Rs20 per kg, fixed at Rs92 to 95 per kg, while it sold at Rs10 per kg, Chinese was not available.
The price of brinjal was fixed at Rs36 to 38 per kg, sold at Rs40 per kg. Cucumber local was stable at Rs28 to 30 per kg, and cucumber farm was gained by Rs5 per kg, fixed at Rs48 to 50 per kg, both were missing in the makeshift markets while outside sold at Rs60 to 80 per kg. Bitter gourd was gained by Rs5 per kg, fixed at Rs43 to 45 per kg, sold at Rs50 per kg. Spinach was gained by Rs8 per kg, reached Rs22 to 23 per kg, sold at Rs30 per kg. Lemon was increased by Rs24 per kg, fixed at Rs101 to 104 per kg, sold at Rs120 per kg. Zucchini local was stable at Rs68 to 70 per kg, sold at Rs80 per kg.
Ladyfinger price was unchanged at Rs58 to 60 per kg. Pumpkin was reduced by Rs10 per kg, fixed stable at Rs33 to 35 per kg, sold at Rs40 per kg. Luffa was stable at Rs38 to 40 per kg. Sweet pumpkin was increased by Rs2 per kg, fixed at Rs7 per kg, sold at Rs30 per kg.
Arum was gained by Rs5 per kg, fixed at Rs33 to 35 per kg, sold at Rs40 per kg. Green chilli was increased by Rs18 per kg, fixed at Rs46 to 48 per kg, sold at Rs60 per kg. Capsicum was reduced by Rs2 per kg, fixed at Rs36 to 38 per kg, sold at Rs40 per kg. Coriander was reduced by Rs50 per kg, fixed at Rs80 per kg, sold at Rs300 per kg.
Beans were gained by Rs5 per kg fixed at Rs60 per kg, sold at Rs160 per kg. Price of different variety of apples gained by Rs20 per kg, fixed at Rs58 to 234 per kg, while local was sold at Rs100 to 140 per kg. Banana A-quality was fixed at Rs68 to 70 per dozen, and B-quality at Rs43 to 45 per dozen but not sold in makeshift markets while outside B-grade was sold at Rs60 to 70 per dozen. Apricot white A-grade was fixed at Rs117 to 120 per kg, B-grade at
Rs88 to 90 per kg, mix was sold at Rs120 per kg. Different varieties of mangoes were fixed at Rs38 to 120 per kg, but sold at Rs100 to 150 per kg. Plump rate gained by Rs10 per kg, fixed at Rs117 to 120 per kg, and B-grade was sold at Rs120 per kg. Peer local was fixed at Rs68 to 70 per kg. Hami melon (Garma) was gained by Rs5 per kg, fixed at Rs38 to 50 per kg. Peach A-grade was fixed at Rs117 to 120 per kg, B-grade at Rs63 to 65 per kg.
Grapes Sundarkhani was fixed at Rs121 to 160 per kg, mixed sold at Rs160 to 180 per kg, grapes Bedana at Rs107 to 110 per kg, and grapes black Rs117 to 120 per kg. Guava was fixed at Rs38 to 40 per kg, sold at Rs80 per kg. Sweet lime was fixed at Rs70 per dozen, not sold in makeshift markets.