Supply mechanism goes out of whack

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LAHORE – Vegetable prices fell for the second consecutive week at various Sunday Bazaars in the city.
Customers complained about a lack of products at the bazaar. People were seen searching for vegetables but had to suffer due to an artificial shortage created by the price mechanism. Housewife Amna Tariq said that overcharging and a lack of fruits and vegetables has become a hallmark of Sunday Bazaars.
Vendors said that the administration fixed the prices without a proper mechanism. “It is not possible for us to sell products at the prescribed rate,” vegetable seller Khaleed Akhtar said. Potatoes prices remained stable at Rs 12 to 15 per kilogramme. Onion prices fell by Rs 1 to Rs 2 per kilogramme and remained at Rs 14 to 18 per kilogramme. Tomato price was fixed at Rs 30 to 38 per kilogramme but it was sold at Rs 40. The price of Ginger China increased by Rs 10 per kilogramme to Rs 95 to 105 and was sold up to Rs 125 per kilogramme. Garlic China price was increased by Rs 10 per kilogramme and fixed at Rs 170 to 190 per kilogramme and sold around Rs 200 per kilogramme.
Desi spinach price was fixed at Rs 10 to 12 per kilogramme and farm spinach increased by Rs one per kilogramme and fixed at Rs 5 to 9 per kilogramme while whole sellers sold it at Rs 20 per kilogramme. Brinjal price gained by Rs 5 to 10 per kilogramme and fixed at Rs 30 to 40 per kilogramme from Rs 25 to 30 per kilogramme and sold up to Rs 50 per kilogramme. Cucumber price increased by Rs 2 per kilogramme and fixed at Rs 20 to 28 per kilogramme from Rs 20 to 26 per kilogramme and sold up to Rs 30 per kilogramme.
Cabbage price was unchanged at Rs 10 to 14 per kilogramme and sold at Rs 20 per kilogramme while Cauliflower price gained by Rs 8 to 12 per kilogramme and fixed at Rs 16 to 24 per kilogramme but not available in Sunday bazaars and sold at Rs 40 per kilogramme. Bitter gourd price was fixed at Rs 80 to 98 per kilogramme but was not available in Sunday Bazaars and sold outside at Rs 160 per kilogramme. Green chilli price was fixed at Rs 50 to 70 per kilogramme from Rs 70 to 90 per kilogramme and sold for Rs 100 per kilogramme. Lemon China price was fixed at Rs 15 to 22 per kilogramme and sold at Rs 40 per kilogramme. Rates of various varieties of apples were fixed between Rs 30 to 105 per kilogramme. Guava rates were fixed at Rs 30 to 50 per kilogramme but were not available in Sunday Bazaars. Bananas were available between Rs 24 to 48 per dozen depending upon the quality.