Fruits vegetables go out of reach of common man

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RAWALPINDI: Fruits and vegetables have gone almost out of the reach of common man due to their higher prices in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.

According to a survey conducted by APP, in the twin cities, the prices of fruits and vegetables have been increasing continuously for the past many weeks, especially due to the increase in POL prices.

A number of customers complained that shopkeepers were violating price lists issued by the local price magistrates to the shopkeepers and vendors.

“The shopkeepers and vendors are overcharging under the pretext of recent increase in the prices of petroleum products,” said Shahzad Butt, a customer.

According to the survey, apples are being sold at Rs 100 to Rs 200 per kilogramme, bananas Rs 100 to Rs 150 per dozen, melons Rs 60 to Rs 70 per kg, strawberries Rs 160 per kg, oranges Rs 160 to Rs 200 per dozen, apricots Rs 100 to Rs 140 per kg and guava at Rs 80 to Rs 100 per kg.

Similarly, the prices of vegetables have also gone up as tomatoes are being sold at Rs 80 per kilogramme, lady finger Rs 200, onions Rs 30 to Rs 40, potatoes Rs 20 to Rs 40, bitter gourd Rs 200, cabbage Rs 50 to Rs 70 and brinjal at Rs 100 per kg.

“Skyrocketing prices of fruits have turned the fruit markets into a no-go zone for citizens,” said Azam Khan, another customer. On the other hand, fruit vendors have increased the rates of different items by around 300 percent, giving the reason that there was a shortage of the commodity.

A fruit vendor, Muhammad Amir Khan, told APP that vendors were getting fruits and vegetables at high rates from the main market, adding that the wholesalers in the main market had increased the rates, not them. app




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