PESHAWAR - In the wake of growing demands of vegetables on the eve of Eid-ul-Azha, the shopkeepers and road side vendors are flexing their muscles to increase the prices of tomato, onion, potatoes and others kind of grocery ahead of upcoming religious festival.

In a market survey of different shops in the Cantonment area, this scribe observed slight increase in prices as compared to those in previous days.

As the Eid-ul-Azha is approaching, the vegetables sellers have started mounting the prices upward.

One of the vendors in Nothia Bazar told this scribe that the prices would be increased further, as some profiteers would create artificial shortage to make money.

He said that though sufficient stocks of grocery and tomato are available in vegetable markets but the artificial shortage will make the problems serious.

The skyrocketing rates are attributed by the retailer to high cost of transport, hording of vegetables by traders and the devastation of large quantity of vegetable crops spread over vast areas of agriculture land of Sindh as a result of the heavy monsoon rains.

They said that consumption of onion, green chilli, tomato, lemon and garlic increases during Eid-ul-Azha and alleged that the traders have started hoarding of onion to make money during Eid-ul-Azha.

It is direly needed to have a food prices control authority to keep close watch on major markets and profiteers and hoarders.