Prices of vegetables have skyrocketed again driving the common man to the wall. Vegetables are not within the reach of a housewife even as the scorching heat wave conditions were rampant. The popular tomato turned out to be costlier by the day selling at Rs 25 a kg. Ridge gurard, bitter guard, ladys finger, and other choices became dearer and dearer. Right from the first week the price rise began sending jitters among the middle and lower middle classes, and not to speak of the down-trodden in the society.
How they made both ends meet is a million dollar question. Farmers complain that rain fall declined. Coupled with it heat wave conditions made the life dejected particularly the output was hit. Added to it, extra transport charges on the State borders further worsened the situation as the imports came down. Farmers lamented that there was no facility to store their produce due to lack of cold storage plants.