As the festive season of Ayudha Puja and Vijayadashami approaches, the demand for fruits, flowers and vegetables has increased significantly in the market. This has resulted in a steep hike in the prices of these commodities, affecting the budget of the consumers. According to the vendors, the prices of certain fruits and flowers have doubled or even tripled during the last week.
Chrysanthemum, marigold and cube roses most sought after
Among the flowers, chrysanthemum, marigold and cube roses are the most sought after varieties for the puja rituals. These flowers are used to decorate vehicles, tools and weapons during Ayudha Puja. The price of chrysanthemum and marigold has increased from Rs 40 to Rs 80 per kg, while the price of cube roses has gone up from Rs 100 to Rs 300 per kg. The general secretary of Karnataka Small Flower Growers Association, Girish Muchal, said that this is a regular trend observed during all festive seasons.
Bananas, apples and oranges in high demand
Among the fruits, bananas, apples and oranges are in high demand for the puja offerings. The price of bananas has increased from Rs 40 to Rs 60 per dozen, while the price of apples has increased from Rs 120 to Rs 180 per kg. The price of oranges has also increased from Rs 80 to Rs 120 per kg. The vendors attribute the price hike to the shortage of supply and the increase in transportation costs.
Vegetables also see a rise in prices
The prices of vegetables have also seen a rise due to the festive demand. The price of tomatoes has increased from Rs 20 to Rs 40 per kg, while the price of onions has increased from Rs 30 to Rs 50 per kg. The price of potatoes has increased from Rs 25 to Rs 35 per kg, while the price of carrots has increased from Rs 40 to Rs 60 per kg. The vendors say that the prices may come down after the festival is over.
Consumers left with no choice
The consumers are left with no choice but to buy the festive essentials at higher prices. Umesh Rathod, a resident of Malleshwaram, said that he has to spend more than his usual budget for buying fruits, flowers and vegetables for the puja. He said that this trend in price rise is seen during every festival and there is no regulation or control over it.