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Traders fleece consumers in Dimapur
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, Jan 8 (NPN):
Published on 9 Jan. 2010 12:37 AM IST
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A Prices of vegetables and other eatables in Dimapur have skyrocketed and adding more misery to the consumers particularly the low income group. A housewife told this Reporter “even the seasonal spring onions is being sold Rs 60” For the past few months, prices of vegetables in Dimapur spiraled upwards with consumers forced to pay more without visible signs of any control. According to a DMC member, the Council had fixed the rate for eggs, meat and fish but the rates of vegetables could not be made owing fluctuation in supply and various others factors. When this Reporter visited some vegetable growers in and around Dimapur, it was observed that there was a wide gulf in prices. For instance vegetable growers of cabbage sold at Rs.2.50 to Rs.3 per kg to the buyer who in turn sold it retailers for Rs.5 per kg. The retailers on their part, sold cabbage at the rate of Rs.10 per kg. The wholesale buyers likewise sold cauliflower at Rs 10 per kg. , French beans at Rs 10 per kg. and carrot at Rs.11 per kg. Old potato was hovering between Rs 11 to Rs.12 per kg. and onions fluctuating between Rs 29 to Rs. 30 per kilo. The retailers,on their part sold the items at almost double the rate. Cabbage was sold at double the price, cauliflower at Rs 15 per kg, French beans at Rs 20 per kg. and carrots at Rs 30 per kg. Even potatoes were being sold at Rs 20 per kg. and onions at Rs 40 per kg. The difference in prices were illogical since the wholesale market was located some 250 meters from the New Market. Therefore, there was no question of “high transportation charges” etc. Even the excuse of “tax” by underground outfits did not explain the phenomenon. On the other hand, price of items, eg., potatoes and onions in the nearby weekly market of Khatkhati was half the price of that charged in Dimapur.

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