LAHOERE  - The rate of onion continued to remain high at Rs50-55 per kg while the price of potato fell sharply to Rs12-15 per kg for the last couple of weeks both in open market as well as in Sunday bazaars.

The rate had went up by more than 100 per cent last week from Rs25 per kg to Rs50-60 in retail market with no availability in makeshift markets established on Sundays in Punjab. The supply of onion from Sindh was suspended leading to less supply in the provincial capital and raising the rate by more than Rs25-35 per kg. This week potato price was fixed at 13 per kg in Sunday bazaars while onion at Rs35 per kg with an increase of Rs8 per kg while rotten and lower grade was sold at Rs25 per kg.

Tomato price was fixed at Rs45 per kg but it was not sold in the makeshift markets.

Garlic China price was fixed at Rs115 per kg, garlic India Rs108 per kg, while both Indian and Chinese were sold at Rs130 per kg.

Ginger Thailand was fixed at Rs108 to 112 per kg, ginger China at Rs118 to 124 per kg, while Indian was sold at Rs130 per kg.

Cauliflower rate was fixed at Rs25 per kg, although missing in Sunday bazaars. Cabbage was fixed at Rs17 per kg.

Green chilli local was fixed at Rs102 per kg, and farm at Rs 83 per kg, while sold at Rs100 per kg. Capsicum was fixed at Rs40 to 45 per kg but also not sold in the makeshift markets. Arum price was fixed at Rs65 to 70 per kg, pumpkin at Rs50 per kg and ladyfinger at Rs120. The price of pea was fixed at Rs20 per kg. Radish price was fixed at Rs45 per kg, turnip at Rs6 per kg, methi at Rs15 per kg, but not sold there.

Meanwhile, Provincial Minister for Food and Chairman Cabinet Price Control Committee Bilal Yasin visited Shadman Sunday Bazaar. The minister inspected cleanliness and security matters in Sunday Bazaar and directed that besides provision of cheap and quality daily use commodities to the consumers in Sunday bazaars, elderly citizens and handicap persons should also be facilitated.

Besides making arrangements of security at parking, provision of potable water should also be ensured for the masses, he further ordered.

Bilal Yasin, while talking to consumers, inquired about provision of daily use items at cheaper rates, who replied that due to government measures, prices of edible items have never reduced to such an extent as have been decreased during the tenure of PML-N government.

The minister also reviewed implementation on prices of oil and ghee in Sunday bazaars and expressed satisfaction that ghee and oil were being sold at fixed rates.