Patna, July 12 (ANI): The high prices of vegetables have upset household budgets of people in Bihar, leaving them both harried and troubled.
The hike in fuel prices and a delay in monsoons have adversely affected vegetable prices. People say the prices are too high.
"For the past month or so, vegetables have become very expensive. Whatever was around rupees eight has gone up to 25 rupees. Ladyfinger which was rupees six per kg has gone up to rupees 25-30. Tomatoes, which used to be rupees 10-12, are now being sold at rupees 35-40. Sometimes it goes beyond what we can afford, but we have to manage. We now buy lesser quantities," said Sunil Kumar Agarwal, a customer.
People say think before buying vegetables or buy just as per their needs.
"The vegetables have become very expensive. We have to think before buying. Previously, we could buy in stock and keep it in the refrigerator. But now, we just buy as per our needs," said Archana Kumari, another customer.
Vendors say the rise in fuel prices have had a cascading effect on vegetable prices and the prices of other essential commodities.
"The rains were delayed this year so the crop was destroyed. And all the vegetables that we get from outside, they are expensive as the petrol and diesel prices have increased. We spend more, so we sell it for more," said Guddu, a vegetable vendor.
The hike in petrol and diesel prices has irked the common man. (ANI)