LAHORE - Despite low rates and high supply several vegetables were missing in most of the Sunday bazaars of provincial capital, as the market committee fixed the prices of few items lower than the cost of wholesale market. Resultantly, the vendors refused to sell these veggie items in Sunday bazaars. The vendors kept on fleecing public by selling substandard vegetables at their own free will without any check on the quality and prices this week too.

Due to this issue number of vegetables remained absent from markets but sold openly just outside these temporary markets, including tomato, green chilli, capsicum and cauliflower were main items which were not being sold in the makeshift markets.

Major vegetable rates continued to remain low with some visitors hailing the government efforts to bring down the prices of certain eatable items including flour and oil. They said that Pakistan has been entangled in various problems including law and order and terrorism etc which requires some time to be resolved. They said that fuel and electricity rates and transport fares has also been minimized during last few months benefitting general public. They said that this decrease in prices of mentioned items should be stable and should not be increased in coming budget 2015-16.

Potato price was fixed at 16 per kg, and onion at Rs23 per kg with an increase of Rs2 per kg while rotten and lower grade was sold at Rs20 per kg. Tomato price was fixed at Rs42 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 was 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, while 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 Rs7 to 8 per kg, turnip at Rs6 per kg, methi at Rs13 per kg, but not sold there. Carrot price was fixed at Rs15 per kg, while sold at Rs25 per kg.