Ugadi gift: Flowers,Veggies, fruits cost a bomb

Ugadi gift: Flowers,Veggies, fruits cost a bomb

Submitted by Editor on Thu, 2016-04-07 22:13 Bengaluru: The excitement that Ugadi brings, has been dampened by the steep hike in the prices of flowers, vegetables and fruits in Bengaluru Markets, on the eve of the festival.Traders say price of flowers go up around Ugadi time. A kilogramme of Mallige (Jasmine) costs Rs 600, while marigold costs Rs 240. This varieties are much sought after during the festival, and hence the hike in prices.Krishnappa, a flower vendor, said the hike is 100 percent. In normal times, the rates are lesser and by evening on the festival day, the rates for the flowers come below Rs 100 a Kilo. Apart from jasmine and marigold, roses and lilly are also sought after, and they are priced between Rs 150 to Rs 200. In normal times, the price is much lower. The flowers are usually supplied by growers in Hoskote, Chikkaballapura, Anekal,Tumkur, Kolar and Chennai. Rathnamma, who has been selling flowers for the last 20 years, said that with online buying catching on, traders are hard hit hard. "We spend about Rs 300 per person for as wages to arrange flowers and leaves like neem and mango and bilva, but get very little in return, besides, there is no facility like, water supply and sanitation here," she said.A bunch of mango leaves that is considered auspicious is priced Rs 25. Neem and Bilva that is used in rituals, are priced Rs 50 a bunch.Vegetables and fruits are also witnessed a hike. Beans, brinjal, drumstrick, tomato and onion that are used widely in Indian cooking, have also witnessed a hike. However, vendors say the price hike is not as steep as last Ugadi.Brinjal costs Rs 18 a kilo, Onion Rs 20, Potato, 20, Drumstick 24, Beans 79, Curry leaves 56 a bunch, Coriander leaves Rs 25 and Mint Rs 28. All these vegetables  geens are seen a hike from Rs 2 to Rs 10.  These are Hopcoms prices and could vary in vegetable markets.Fruits like Mango, Apple, Grapes, Moosambi, Banana, Watermelon and Orange are in great demand. " Mango is favourite. Raspuri and Baiganpally which are available now are priced between Rs 90 and 105 a kilo.  Apple is priced at Rs 118, Banana Rs 39, and grapes Rs 87. These are Hopcoms rates and could vary in retail and wholesale markets, said Mohammed Shawnawaz, a trader at Russel Market.