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Chili Prices Go half as New Crop Arrives in Market, Respite Ahead

After reaching a two-year high of Rs. 160 in the first week of March, the price of the staple vegetable has decreased to Rs 70 per kg presently.

Binita Kumari
After reaching a two-year high of Rs. 160 in the first week of March, the price of the staple vegetable has decreased to Rs 70 per kg presently, a decrease of nearly 56 percent.
After reaching a two-year high of Rs. 160 in the first week of March, the price of the staple vegetable has decreased to Rs 70 per kg presently, a decrease of nearly 56 percent.

With locally grown crops returning to the market, the price of green chili has begun to fall in Chandigarh, providing much-needed relief to the consumers. After reaching a two-year high of Rs. 160 in the first week of March, the price of the staple vegetable has decreased to Rs 70 per kg presently, a decrease of nearly 56 percent.

Other vegetables have seen a drop in price in recent days as well. According to mandi officials, another increase in their fees is expected in the following two weeks as a result of the hike in fuel prices.

"Green chili had grown more expensive as the local supply and even that from far-off places like West Bengal and Gujarat had slowed down," said Harpreet Singh, a mandi supervisor with the Punjab Mandi Board.

However, the locally sown produce has begun to arrive. As a result, green chili will become more affordable once more." Green chill prices had dropped to Rs 140 per kg on March 5 after reaching a high of Rs 160 per kg on March 2.

It remained at that high price until March 22, when it dropped to Rs 130 per kilogram. Meanwhile, the availability of onions has greatly increased, lowering the price from Rs 35 per kilogram to Rs 25 per kilogram in the last 20 days.

Cucumber, capsicum, cabbage, and brinjal, among other vegetables, have also gotten less expensive.

While the price of tomatoes has remained constant at Rs 20 per kilogram, the price of potatoes has increased to Rs 18 per kilogram, up from Rs 15 per kilogram 20 days ago.

Some winter vegetables, such as carrots, have become more expensive as the season changes, increasing from Rs 25 per kilogram to Rs 40 per kilogram in the last two days. Cauliflower and lady's finger have also increased in price.

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