In the wake of scanty monsoon rains and short supply, prices of vegetables in Haryana, Punjab and Chandigarh have soared sharply over the last ten days.
Most of the vegetables including potato, cauliflower, capsicum, beans, green peas, bottle gourd, bitter gourd, spinach, carrot, cucumber, pumpkin, among other vegetables have registered an increase in their prices.
In the retail market, 'Pahari' variety of potato is selling between Rs 35-Rs 40 per kg, a jump of around Rs 10 per kg, while another commonly available variety of the tuber crop is priced between Rs 25-Rs 30 per kg, up by nearly Rs 7 a kg.
The maximum increase has been in prices of the green peas, which have shot from Rs 50 per kg about ten days back to Rs 80-Rs 100 per kg now.
The price of tomato, which was available for about Rs 20 per kg until a week ago, has also zoomed to Rs 40 a kg, a trader in Mohali said.
Onion prices, however, have remained stable at around Rs 30 per kg.
Other vegetables including beans, capsicum, cauliflower have also witnessed rise in their prices, traders said.
Prices of beans are hovering over Rs 80 per kg, up from Rs 40-Rs 50 per kg earlier while cauliflower is selling between Rs 50-Rs 60 per kg as against Rs 40 per kg earlier.
As the two states have received scanty rains owing to monsoon turning weak after its late arrival, cucumbers which are high in demand during summers, have also become costly selling at Rs 30-Rs 50 per kg for different varieties as against Rs 15-Rs 25 per kg earlier.