Vegetable prices are skyrocketing as Balochistan faces shortage

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QUETTA: Vegetable prices in Balochistan are rising rapidly as the province faced shortages after flash floods damaged crops in the country, ARY News reported on Monday.

According to details, several cities in Balochistan – including Quetta, Mastung, Machh and Nushki – faced shortages of vegetables due to a drastic drop in their transports.

Available vegetables are sold at skyrocketing prices as 1kg of onion and potato is available at Rs 80, tomatoes at Rs 180, ladyfingers at Rs 150-200, aubergines at Rs 100 and peas at Rs 250-300.

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Earlier in a meeting, the Commerce Ministry decided to import onions and tomatoes from Afghanistan and Iran in a bid to control rising commodity prices in the country after floods damaged crops in the country.

“The country will face shortages of onions and tomatoes in the next three months,” the meeting was informed in a briefing. “Recent floods have damaged crops and shortages and price increases are expected,” participants informed.

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A day earlier, another shipment of tomatoes imported from Iran reached Taftan, ARY News reported, citing customs officials.

About 21 trailers loaded with tomatoes entered Pakistan via the Taftan border from Iran. The trucks will be sent around the country once cleared to help end the tomato shortage.

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