Unseasonal Rains At Source Impacting Vegetable Prices In Odisha, Says Food Supplies Minister

Bhubaneswar: With sporadic reports of black marketing of vegetables over cyclone rumours on social media, the State Government on Tuesday made it clear that stringent action will be initiated against hoarders and black-marketeers.

Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister Ranendra Pratap Swain said that district collectors have been directed to conduct inspections, identify unscruplous traders and initiate strict action against them.

Swain however clarified that the prices of vegetables is a national issue and not just confined to Odisha. “The market is volatile because of unseasonal rains at the source where onion and other vegetables are cultivated in bulk.”

The major producer of onion is Andhra Pradesh and an unseasonal rain in this part of the country has impacted the cultivation. It is expected that the prices of onion to surge by Rs 6 to Rs 10 per kg in Odisha, he added.

“We have asked senior officers to keep a watch on the situation and oversee what best can be done for procurement. Besides, we are also in touch with the business community to meet the challenge,” added Swain.

Ranendra Pratap Swain, Minister, Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare, Odisha

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