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Garlic no longer reeks inflation
Published on 7 Mar. 2011 12:06 AM IST
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If onion prices brought tears to your eyes some time ago, a sudden dip in garlic prices now will certainly make you smile. Marking a pleasant turnaround since the bumper crop of onion harvested in mid-January, the cost of a few essential items on the kitchen counter have almost gone back to pre-inflation levels.
According to Aziz, a trader in Lal Kothi, “Garlic has dropped from the astronomical Rs.250-300 per kg to Rs 50-60 in the wholesale market while onion and tomato have stabilized at Rs.10-15 per kg.
Bringing long-awaited relief to vegetarians and meat-eaters alike, garlic, which rose to Rs.350-400 in June-July and has remained an aspirational item since then, has finally normalised at pre-inflation levels of Rs.50-60 per kg.
“Last year, the crop failed in many parts of the country due to untimely rains. This year, we have reaped an excellent harvest mid-February so the price of garlic has normalised now. And the new crop has started coming into the market,” said Aziz. Now we don’t expect another crisis situation this year and the prices are going to go down further by June, he claimed.
Meanwhile, despite the fact that winter has ebbed the “gold rush” continues as far as cauliflower, cabbage, green peas and green leafy vegetables are concerned.
But vendors selling fruit, while confirming a drop in prices, did not confirm a drastic drop.
The biggest relief, however, has come with the long-overdue restoration of onion and tomato, both of which are selling for Rs.10-15 per kg in the retail market.

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