Jamshedpur, Dec. 28: After onion, potato prices have also started to rise, adding to woes of consumers while doing vegetable shopping.
The tuber which was available in market at Rs 15 per kg a month ago is now being sold at Rs 25 per kg and even more at some market in the steel city. The new potato which is tastier than the old potato is selling at Rs 30 per kg.
” It is really surprising to see prices of essential commodities rising so much. Till recently I had stopped buying onion in given its exorbitant prices, but now I have to think while buying potato. The prices of tuber is going up like in competition of prices of onion this season,” said Nikita Agarwal, a private banker.
A resident of Sonari, Nikita said that he shas a moderate size of family which consume five kgs of potato and two kgs of onion in a week, but now she had to curtail the buying four kg potato and only one kg union, giving more stress on the green vegetables which are cheaper now.
“Winter season is considered to be a season of green vegetables and cheaper potato and onion. But this time the prices of vegetable is alright, but the prices of onion and potato are pinching my pocket,” said another consumer
When queried, he claimed to have stopped buying onion-potato in adequate quantity and is instead preferring to buy the green vegetables which are comparatively cheaper.
Moreover onion and potato are essential commodity in the kitchen. With the rise in prices of vegetables in general, the continuous hike in onion prices is hitting the common man very hard. Buyers in markets across the country said that they are looking for ways to cut down on onion consumption.
A dealer at Krishi Bazaar Samiti said that the rising price of onions in the city is a matter of great concern. Steps must be taken to meet the shortage of supply of essential vegetables. Raids must be conducted to crackdown on the hoarders of onion, potato and garlic who are creating artificial shortage and promoting black-marketing. The district administration must take steps to ensure that the essential vegetable commodities are not hoarded and ensure a price check.