In view of the skyrocketing prices of vegetables amid the ongoing floods and relentless monsoon rain across Pakistan, the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) on Tuesday demanded the government to give permission for vegetable import from neighbouring India through the Wagah border.
LCCI President Nauman Kabir urged the government to grant permission to import vegetables from India to control its prices, Geo News reported.
“The recent floods have destroyed crops of tomato, onion, potato and other vegetables across the country,” he said, adding that the crisis is expected to prevail for the next three months.
The vegetable crisis could further worsen in September, October and November, he added.
It will take a few days to transport vegetables from India to Pakistan via the Wagah border, Geo News reported.
The prices of vegetables skyrocketed as the grocery vendors are charging exorbitant prices from consumers amid the countrywide floods triggered by torrential rains.
The traders are making hefty profits at a time when the death toll from the relentless monsoon rains has exceeded the 1,100 mark and inflicting $10 billion loss on the country’s economy.
According to the details, tomato is being sold at 250 PKR per kg in the market while its official price is 190 PKR per kg.
Similarly, the vendors are selling onion at 300 PKR to 320 PKR per kg while the commodity’s rate was fixed at 290 PKR by the authorities, Geo News reported.
Potatoes are being sold at 120 PKR to 140 PKR per kg instead of its official rate of 100 PKR per kg.
Ginger’s official rate is 360 PKR per kg but it is available for 380 PKR per kg in the market.
Garlic is being sold at 250 PKR per kg while its official rate is 200 PKR per kg.