LAHORE: The district administration on Sunday managed to control prices of vegetables at Sunday Bazaars but not to provide adequate parking and security arrangements.
Prices of several commodities were significantly lower than last week owing to surplus supply.
During a visit to Shadman’s Sunday Bazaar, scores of vendors were found to have blocked the main entrance by parking their carts there. A motorist had an argument with some of the vendors. No police or city government official was at hand to resolve the matter.
Prices of 14 vegetables had dropped and those of six had gone up compared to last week. Prices of five vegetables were stable. According to the official price list, price of potatoes (new) had reduced; the vegetable was being sold for Rs10 to Rs13 a kilogramme.
Price of onions was Rs30 to Rs35 a kilogramme. However, some vendors were found selling the unsorted onions at the premium-produce price. Price of tomatoes had dropped; the produce was being sold for Rs25 to Rs30 a kilogramme.
Price of garlic (desi) was higher at Rs220 to Rs225 a kilogramme; the Chinese variety was being sold for Rs205 to Rs215 a kilogramme. Price of ginger (Thai and Chinese) had reduced by 13 and 15 per cent, respectively. Price of garlic (Thai) was Rs60 to Rs65 a kilogramme and that of the Chinese variety Rs100 to Rs110 a kilogramme.
Price of spinach had decreased by 12 per cent; it was being sold for Rs10 to Rs15 a kilogramme. Price of lemons (Chinese) was Rs35 to Rs45 a kilogramme. Cucumbers were being sold for Rs40 to Rs46 a kilogramme.
Price of green chilies had reduced by six to 10 per cent. The produce was being sold for Rs30 to Rs47 a kilogramme.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 18th, 2016.