LAHORE – The rates of several essential food items have been started increasing while seasonal productions are at its peak.

Prices of onions, tomato, green chilly and peas have been witnessed to register upward trend despite the fact that supply is in abundant. The arrival of new seasonal vegetables have also started like ladyfinger and bitter gourd but their rates are so high that no one can dear to touch these precious veggies.

Rotten and low grade items were sold there while Market Committee staff was also missing in these bazaars in the afternoon and their absence has given a free hand to the vendors to overcharge the customers.

Shoppers were of the view that despite the efforts the government Market Committee was unable to control issue of wrongly fixing prices of fruits and vegetables and overcharging at various makeshift bazaars.

Vendors in Sunday bazaars said that they purchased vegetables at higher rates from Mandi despite no supply shortage, as weather is good for picking the vegetables from the fields.

The staff of different markets said that issuing price cards to the vendors was responsibility of market committee and they could only check whether price cards were issued or not and market committee was responsible for overcharging.

In Sunday bazaars, rate of potato was down at Rs18 per kg while onion rate was raised by Rs10 per kg and fixed at Rs50 per kg. Tomato rate was stable at Rs45 per kg but rotten tomatoes were sold at Rs40 per kg.

Garlic China rate was decreased by R4 per kg and fixed at Rs115 per kg while garlic, desi, price was stable at Rs80 per kg and sold at Rs120 per kg. Ginger, China, price was raised by Rs5 per kg and fixed at Rs120 per kg and ginger, Thai, rate was increased by Rs10 per kg and fixed at Rs80 per kg but sold at Rs125 per kg.

The official price of cabbage rate was fixed at Rs12 per kg and sold at Rs20 per kg. Cauliflower rate was decreased by Rs2 per kg and fixed at Rs13 per kg while sold at Rs25 per kg.

Spinach of farm rate was fixed at Rs8 per kg and sold at Rs20 per kg while spinach desi, rate was fixed at Rs18 per kg with an increase of Rs2 per kg.

Brinjal price was stable at Rs18 per kg while sold at Rs22 per kg. Cucumber price was decreased by Rs5 per kg and fixed at Rs18 per kg and sold at Rs20 per kg.

Pumpkin price was fixed at Rs24 per kg and sold at Rs30 per kg. Peas price was further up by Rs3 per kg and fixed at Rs20 per kg. Capsicum price was raised by Rs2 per kg and fixed at Rs35 per kg and sold at Rs36 per kg. Green chilli price was increased by Rs15 per kg and fixed at Rs75 per kg and sold at Rs70 per kg.