LAHORE - The prices of most of vegetables and fruits were stable while tomato rates continued in the range of Rs55 to Rs65 per kg in Sunday bazaars and in open market respectively in different areas of city.

The prices of the onion, garlic India, garlic desi and green chilli reduced slightly while the rates of spinach, tomato, bringle, cabbage, lemon, cauliflower and radish were up with a minor difference from the last week rates.

According to dealer, prices of these items have came down because of supply/demand issue as supply of several items have kept on from India through Wagha border.

Thin attendance of shoppers were also witnessed in Sunday Bazaars this week. Anticipating low business activities, the vendors brought limited stocks for sale, while summer off season vegetables were missing in the markets as well with the new winter season vegetables prices remaining high.

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.

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 and cabbage. 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 rate of potato was constant at Rs54 but it was being sold in the range of Rs65 per kg. Garlic rate was decreased which was available for Rs175-190. Similarly ginger was selling for Rs224 per kg while its last week rate was Rs215. 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.