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Vegetable prices soar in Bhubaneswar with Kartik, short supply

Bhubaneswar, oct 26: Blame it on the untimely rains that lashed the State last week or the holy month (Kartik), no vegetable is available at a price less than Rs 40 per kg pinching the pockets of vegetarians.

It is being the holy month of Kartika, when most Odia households shun non-vegetarian food, the high prices of vegetables has become a major cause of worry for consumers.

While the incessant rain last week has affected the supplies from other States, the short supply of the vegetables has led to the price hike, said a wholesale vegetable trader of Unit I market, the prime market in the town.

Though vegetables are much in demand during this month, which is considered auspicious, this year their prices have almost doubled. while beans and brinjal selling at Rs 100 per kg, drumsticks at Rs 130 per kg, tomato at Rs 70 per kg and most of the green vegetables like parval, bitter guard, ladies finger, ridge gourd and spinach selling above Rs 60 per kg, the vegetable prices have disturbed the family budget.

The prices are likely to rise further as crops have been damaged due to the torrential rains in several areas in Odisha.

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