Vegetable prices shoot up
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