Veg­etable prices shoot up

The Pak Banker - - National -

IS­LAM­ABAD: A record in­crease has been wit­nessed in the prices of fre­quently used veg­etable items, in­clud­ing gar­lic, tomato, onion, potato green chill­ies, gin­ger etc, in twin cities of Is­lam­abad and Rawalpindi.

An agri­cul­tural ex­pert Eny­at­ul­lah Baig told APP that the veg­etable pro­duc­tion ar­eas had been ad­versely af­fected by the floods, while their trans­porta­tion had also been af­fected, as many roads have been washed away.

Fur­ther, he was of the view that con­stant in­crease in petrol and fuel prices is an­other main cause of a hike in the prices of fruits and veg­eta­bles in the city's mar­kets.

Due to these sit­u­a­tions, prices of veg­eta­bles have in­creased con­sid­er­ably in lo­cal mar­kets of twin cities of Is­lam­abad and Rawalpindi, while cit­i­zens and traders fear fur­ther rise in the rates.

Shop­per ob­served that rates of other veg­eta­bles and fruits which used to be very cheap for lower or mid­dle class to af­ford like cab­bage, cauliflower, car­rots, rad­dish, spinach, or­anges, guava and ba­nana have gone up.

The other no­tice­able hike is in the prices of eggs, milk, dairy and poul­try prod­ucts as the win­ter is on its peak and de­mand for these items dur­ing these days also goes high.

Peo­ple expressed their deep re­sent­ment over the sale of sub­stan­dard items. They said the lo­cal ad­min­is­tra­tion did not bother to visit the bazaars and it has failed to take ac­tions against those re­spon­si­ble for sell­ing sub­stan­dard items and fleec­ing peo­ple by cre­at­ing ar­ti­fi­cial short­age of food items. The shop­pers also com­plained that the ven­dors are not dis­play­ing the rate list is­sued by the concerned au­thor­i­ties and the sale of Bcat­e­gory fruits and veg­eta­bles is con­tin­ued in all makeshift mar­kets.

Pak­istan is the fourth largest mango pro­duc­ing coun­try in the world and ex­ports best qual­ity man­goes to dif­fer­ent coun­tries earn­ing a big amount of for­eign ex­change. The coun­try has the ca­pac­ity to in­crease mango ex­port upto 500,000 tons per an­num from about 125,000 tons presently, said Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of Rishad Ma­teen & Com­pany and Di­rec­tor Agri Busi­ness Sup­port Fund, Min­istry of

Agri­cul­ture Food and Live­stock, Ma­teen Sid­diqui told APP. He com­mented that a bet­ter law and or­der sit­u­a­tion is vi­tal to en­hance ex­port of agri prod­ucts as well as for­eign in­vest­ment in coun­try.

He said Pak­istan is the fourth largest man­goes pro­duc­ing coun­try af­ter China, In­dia and Brazil. He in­formed that the Gulf, Mid­dle East and Euro­pean coun­tries are the ma­jor coun­tries which im­port Pak­istani man­goes. -App

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