Vegetable, fruit prices to be on the rise over weak supply, crop damage

Vegetables and fruit have become costlier in select wholesale and retail markets since August, due to weak supply following incessant rain and worry of crop damage in major producing centres. Data compiled by the government-owned National Horticulture Board (NHB) showed the price of okra (ladyfinger) in Delhi at Rs 24 a kg on Tuesday from Rs 13.5 a kg on August 1. Similarly, prices of other vegetables have moved up, albeit by less. In some markets, some prices declined but that was attributed to farmers' premature harvesting to reap the benefit of a price rise.Fruit is also costlier in Delhi wholesale markets, with prices of papaya and pineapple up 14.3 per cent and 34.8 per cent to trade at Rs 12 kg and Rs 31 a kg, respectively. Mosambi in Chennai and sapota (chikoo) in Bengaluru also moved up. Retail markets have moved up with the wholesale markets, with some exceptions.With the trend likely to continue for the short term, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) looks set to rise in ...

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