LAHORE: Prices of some vegetables especially onion and tomato are likely to remain high during the month of Holy Ramazan due to gap between demand and supply.
Retail price of onion in most parts of the provincial capital is from Rs 50 to 60, however it is expected to go higher in Ramazan due to the increase in demand. Similarly, average price of tomato in the provincial city is Rs 50 per kg which could cross upto Rs 100 in Ramazan as the local yield is expected to come in the market in July this year.
A vendor in the vegetable market told APP that the government should take immediate measures to import tomato, onion and other essential food items to meet the demand in Ramazan.
On the other hand, prices of fruits including apple and banana will also go higher as the local product is nowhere in the market and imported apple from New Zealand, Banana from Philippine and other neighbouring countries are being sold in the market. The average per kilogram price of apple is Rs 350 while Banana is ranging upto Rs 120 in retail. Besides other fruits, the prices of apple and banana would go higher in next days.
DCO Capt. (R) Muhammad Usman told APP the district administration was closely watching the price index in the wholesale and retail markets. He said the government would ensure smooth and sufficient supply of vegetable, fruits and other commodities including tomato and onion.
He added that import of tomato and onion has been started to avoid any
shortage in Ramazan. He said the government also would provide subsidy on chicken and other essential items.
The DCO said the government was fully committed to provide maximum relief to the masses in Ramazan and no one would be allowed to create artificial shortage of commodities.