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Posted On: 25 July 2013 02:17 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:13 pm

Short Supplies: vegetable, fruit prices soar 30 pc

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Vegetables and fruits have become 30 per cent costlier in the Central Market due to short supplies. A box of kosa (about 5kg) is being sold at QR30, cucumbers (QR15) carrots (QR15), fresh beans (QR35), sweet chillies (QR40) and pomegranates (QR35). Grapes are available at QR23 a kg, pears (QR18); peaches (QR26); figs (QR18), while 500gram of apricots costs QR10.Similarly, a box of tomatoes (5kg) costs between QR35 and QR55, while a box of oranges (15kg) or of bananas (13kg) are available at about QR70, reports said on Wednesday This is not the first time vegetables and fruits have become expensive during Ramadan. It happens every year. Citizens expressed anger and said the hike in prices of fruits and vegetable in the central market was unjustified. They blamed the traders. “Some greedy traders increase the prices of fruits and vegetables on occasions like Ramadan and Eid to make huge profits,” said a citizen. He alleged that several traders were keeping large stocks to increase prices and make more profits. “The prices of some fruits and vegetables had also increased by 30 percent due to low production and heatwave in exporting countries.” He added. Source:Qatar Chronicle