Kerala witnesses severe inflation as prices of vegetables shoot up


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Thiruvananthapuram: According to the State Department of Economics and Statistics, the prices of vegetables have gone up by one and a half times in just one year. Out of the 50 items, the prices of 39 products increased steadily in recent times.

The average price of cucumber in the state on December 16, 2020, was Rs. 23.07 per kg. By December 2021, the price was increased by 156.65 per cent and had reached Rs 59.21 per kg. There is also a notable increase of 68.50 per cent in its price compared to that of November. At the same time, the price of beetroot has increased by 80 per cent. The price of okra rose from Rs 35.43 to Rs 79.50 and there is a hike of 124.50 per cent for tomatoes. The prices of cabbage, brinjal and green chillies also increased rapidly in less than a month. However, the price of onion declined by 7% and potatoes by 23%.

According to the reports, the price of brown rice increased by 8.68 per cent and white rice by 2.48 per cent. A similar trend is seen in dairy products and other consumables.

According to the Department of Economics and Statistics, the price of 11 daily commodities fell slightly while the price of 17 items has increased.
At the same time, the price of unpackaged coconut oil is reported to have fallen sharply from Rs 222.29 to Rs 194.50. Rising fuel prices, natural calamities and floods in neighbouring states have contributed to the rise in prices, it is learnt.

Per cent increase in price of products
Brinjal94.04
Cucumber156.65
Okra124.39
'Amara' Bean90.83
Beans64.77
Yardlong beans81.36
Carrot34.15
Beetroot80.01
Mustard24.33

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