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Posted On: 16 October 2013 01:34 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:13 pm

Vegetable prices rise due to Eid

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Buyers at the Central Vegetable Market have complained of price increase in the last three days before Eid Al Adha. They say traders take advantage selling more quantities at higher prices due to high demand this time of the year. A box of tomatoes, for instance, is now priced at QR30 from QR20 several days before Eid. Price of cucumber per box has increased up to QR22 and carrots to QR45. A box of grapes now costs QR48, Iranian apple QR82, Chilean apple QR115, bananas QR40 and orange QR55. Nasser Al Hail, a buyer, said he was shocked by the huge increase in prices of some of the items. “This requires intervention from the Consumer Protection Department. The market should be strictly monitored during this time because retailers are taking advantage of the increase in demand,” he said. Meanwhile, as of yesterday prices of sheep also increased by 35 percent despite the fact that Widam Food Company had earlier released a price list. The most sought-after Syrian sheep costs QR2,000 while Iranian sheep is priced at QR1,700, Jordanian sheep QR1,800 and Sudanese sheep QR1,750. Hamad Al Marri, a buyer, said traders taking advantage of the high demand for sheep this Eid should be punished. The camel market, on the other hand, witnessed very low demand as people preferred sheep.