LAHORE - The prices of most of vegetables and fruits were stable with tomato prices further dropping to Rs25 per kg in Sunday bazaars while in open market it was available for Rs30-40 per kg in different areas of city.

According to dealer, prices of these items have came down because of supply/demand issue as new crops from Punjab have reached in the market.

Some vegetables prices downward trend remained intact at Sunday bazaars this week also, as most of the items rates were slashed significantly while some goods showed a slight cut in their prices. The prices of the onion, garlic India, garlic desi, cauliflower and green chilli reduced considerably while the rates of spinach, tomato, bringle, cabbage, lemon and radish were down with a minor difference from the last week rates.

Like the past routine most of the stalls were empty in Sunday Bazaars, particularly the vegetables which have shown an enormous cut were almost missing from the makeshift market, including garlic India, garlic desi, lemon, bitter gourd, ocra, cabbage and radish.

Most of the veggies rates were constant, while some of the goods witnessed a marginal raise in prices, including Thailand ginger, desi spinach, peas, carrot and potato.  The shoppers said they could not find mutton and fish at most of the Sunday Bazaars and they had to buy it from other markets at higher rates. They said the city district government had failed to implement the prices of all major food items.

The rate of potato was constant at Rs19 but it was being sold in the range of Rs25 per kg. Garlic rate was decreased which was available for Rs 110-120. Similarly ginger was selling for Rs220 per kg while its last week rate was Rs190. In the same way green chili rate was reduced and being sold for Rs80 per kg this week. Shoppers said that some of the items were available at lower rates but majority of goods prices were the same as of the open market retail shops. They said that the middlemen know that people have no choice but to shop as these are basic kitchen items.

Spinach and brinjal were sold for Rs 8 and Rs 12 per kg, cucumber for Rs30 per kg and lemon for Rs60 per kg, but all of them were absolutely missing from the market. The prices of various varieties of apples also raised and were sold for Rs70-Rs100 per kg. The price of bananas was also higher and they were available for Rs40-Rs60 per dozen.  The Ginger rate was reduced but it was missing in Sunday bazaars. Only substandard tomatoes, pumpkins, peas, apples, bananas and other vegetables were available in the makeshift markets while no other fruit or vegetable were found at most of the Sunday bazaars.