LAHORE - The prices of vegetables shot up in the open market and Sunday Bazaars ahead of Eidul Azha as compared to last week here in the City, market sources said on Sunday. The prices of all kinds of fruit also registered a considerable increase in the open market as compared to the last week. Tomatoes, ginger, onion, cucumber and garlic china were in short supply in the Sunday Bazaars while these commodities were available in open market but on high prices. The market dealers said that though there was great buying and rush of customers in all the Sunday Bazaars but the supply of vegetables was not sufficient. The shoppers complained that most of the vegetables particularly tomato, onion, garlic and cucumber were in short supply in the open market and Sunday Bazaars as well. The vegetable dealers said that tomatoes, onion, potato, garlic, ginger and cucumbers are in high demand ahead of Eidul Azha due to which the prices of these food items registered a considerable surge in the open market. However, vendors said that the vegetable market dealers are creating artificial shortage to increase the prices as the buying of vegetables has multiplied ahead of Eidul Azha as compared the ordinary days. They further revealed that these dealers have sufficient stocks of vegetables at the godowns and cold storages and they are creating artificial shortage to gain maximum profit on the available stocks by reducing the supply to the market. Meanwhile, according to the officials, the District Coordination Officer Lahore Sajjad Ahmed Bhutta visited various Sunday Bazaars and took serious notice of the shortage of vegetables. He also directed the officials to impose fine on the vendors charging high prices of vegetables in the Sunday Bazaars against the fixed prices. The price of onion was fixed at Rs 20 to 24 per kilogram as compared to last week price of Rs 17 to Rs 22 per kilogram. However, the vendors sold it at higher rates of Rs 22 per kilogram by mixing lower grade. In the open market, onion was sold at Rs 30 per kg. The price of new potato in Sunday Bazaars was fixed at Rs 20 to Rs 22 per kilogram from last week Rs 17 to Rs 20 per kilogram. Interestingly, potatoes were sold at Rs 30 to Rs 32 per kg in the open market. Tomato was not available almost in every Sunday Bazaar. However, shoppers were witnessed buying tomato while standing in queues in the open market. The price of tomato jumped to Rs 60 to Rs 80 from Rs 48 to Rs 50 per kilogram in open market. The price of garlic china also jumped to Rs 30 to Rs 40 from Rs 26 to Rs 30 per kilogram and garlic desi at Rs 16 to Rs 22 per kilogram. The rate of ginger china was fixed at Rs 62 to Rs 66 per kilogram and ginger Thai fixed at Rs 56 to Rs 60 per kilogram. In the open market ginger china was sold at Rs 80 per kg. The price of peas was fixed at Rs 42 to Rs 48 per kilogram from Rs 44 to Rs 50 per kilogram in Sunday bazaar, but it was sold at Rs 50 per kilogram while in open market it was sold at Rs 50 to Rs 60 per kilogram. Capsicum price was fixed at Rs 32 to Rs 36 per kilogram and green chilli price was fixed at Rs 22 to Rs 26 per kilogram from Rs 16 to Rs 22 per kilogram. The price of lemon china was fixed at Rs 14 to Rs 18 per kilogram from Rs 15 to Rs 22 per kilogram. The price of cauliflower was fixed at Rs 12 to Rs 15 per kilogram but it was sold at Rs 20 to Rs 24 in the open market. Ladyfinger price was fixed at Rs 40 to Rs 48 per kilogram but it was sold at Rs 60 per kg in the open market and pumpkin was available at Rs 30 to Rs 34 per kilogram. The price was different quality of apples surged to Rs 40 to Rs 80 per kilogram in the open market but average price of apples in makeshift markets was at Rs 30 to Rs 45 per kilogram. The price of banana also swelled to Rs 40 per dozen in the open market from the last week price of Rs 25 to Rs 30. The price of pomegranate bedana was Rs 80 to Rs 102 per kilogram and Kandhari at Rs 52 to Rs 82 per kilogram while vendors charged higher price and sold it at Rs 100 and 70 per kilogram, respectively. The price of grapes was also surged to Rs 120 to Rs 140 per kilogram in the open market from previous week price of Rs 100 to Rs 120 per kilogram. The price of guava also increased by Rs 5 to 10 per kg and sold at Rs 40 to Rs 50 per kg in the open market.