Inflation spoils kitchen budget – India The News

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The prices of vegetables are making headlines these days. Along with tomato, the prices of other vegetables including onion, ginger, coriander are touching the sky. The hit of inflation has completely ruined the kitchen budget. Tomato prices have increased the most. But just a few days back, the farmers were unable to even get the price of tomatoes. They were being forced to throw the tomatoes. Now the situation is reversed, there is a supply crunch as the crop has failed in many parts of the country. In general, keeping tomatoes in cold storage can avoid this kind of supply crisis, but after all, can tomatoes and other vegetables be kept in cold storage, if so, for how long?

Expensive vegetables have ruined the kitchen budget. After the rains, the prices of green vegetables have suddenly increased due to which green vegetables are going away from the plate of common people. Inflation is affecting every class, but the most affected are the housewives. At this time the prices of many kitchen items have doubled. There is no such thing whose price has not increased. On rising inflation, the housewives told that earlier they used to save some amount from the kitchen expenses, but now their savings are also being spent on the kitchen. Due to rising inflation, there is no other option in the kitchen. A lot of politics is also happening regarding inflation.

A similar situation happens every year in the country after the first monsoon rains. Prices start skyrocketing overnight. In such a situation, it is only natural that the budget of the kitchen of not only the poor but also the middle class family gets spoiled. But the important and serious question is that neither the governments have been able to find a permanent solution to this traditional problem, nor the Price Control Committee has been able to stop it. To face such a situation, pre-storage up to a month can be done on which the government should think.

It is believed that every year in the rainy season, the prices of perishable vegetables increase due to the imbalance of demand and supply. But this time the price of tomatoes reaching more than Rs 100 per kg has surprised everyone. Once onion had this status. Which not only used to bring tears to the eyes of the common people but was also involved in the game of forming and toppling the government. Onion did the work of shaking the roots of many governments of Delhi. It can be said that then the strong opposition had succeeded in making public’s pain a political weapon. Now the ability and sensitivity to make the issue of inflation of essential vegetables for the public is not visible in the opposition parties. It can be said that either these issues are not becoming the priority of the people now or the opposition parties have failed to convert the difficulties of the people into political opportunities.

Undoubtedly, the reason for the inflation of tomatoes in Haryana-Punjab etc. is being told that the local tomato crop has ended and the new crop coming from other states has not been able to arrive. But tomato prices have never seen such a fire in the monsoon before. No doubt, some other factors are also at the root of this unprecedented inflation.

There is no doubt that there are some vegetables like tomatoes, whose storage is not possible for a long time. The crop is prepared quickly and also ends quickly. But the storage of ginger, garlic and onion in the godowns of profiteers can last for some time. According to the idiom of changing the color of cantaloupe after seeing the melon, the prices of other vegetables and garlic, onion and ginger, which are used for tempering it, have started to jump. Undoubtedly, the retail mafia has a big hand in increasing such inflation.

According to the vegetable traders, all the vegetables come in the market but due to low yield, the price has increased. Told that this time due to lack of rain at short intervals in the summer, the production of vegetables was affected. Most of the vegetables got scorched. The vegetables that are left in the fields are now being ruined by the rains. Because of this, the prices of vegetables are skyrocketing. It is being told that farmers are not getting the benefit of rising tomato prices, but middlemen are taking advantage of it. For which there is no proper reason. Vegetable production or sowing management is also part of the solution.

The government should encourage farmers to sow tomatoes in summer. Storage i.e. cold storage can be a solution. Many vegetables can be kept in cold storage. On the other hand, if we talk about tomatoes, then ripe tomatoes can be kept for several days at a temperature below 13 ° C, but tomatoes can also be damaged by low temperature. Tomatoes can be kept in cold storage comfortably for one to one and a half weeks without any defect or deficiency if they are not stored properly. Generally, keeping in normal storage, if proper care is taken of moisture and it is kept up to 85-90 percent, tomatoes can be kept comfortably for 4-5 days without any damage. Storage of vegetables is a very sensitive task. While some vegetables can be stored in the refrigerator for a long time, some vegetables like onions need to be kept away from cold but protected from air and moisture. So cold is not good for many vegetables. Some vegetables or fruits are harvested only after ripening on the tree, while some are harvested before ripening so that they can be used and stored for a long time. In such a situation, there is some difference in the duration of cold storage of both types of fruits and vegetables. It is true that vegetables cannot be stored for very long as compared to fruits. In such a situation, more emphasis is given on the use of seasonal vegetables. On the other hand, for many vegetables, food processing is a better solution than cold storage, for example, it is better to prepare puree of tomatoes and keep them in cold storage, which can last till the next season. It is an irony that in the last 75 years we have not been able to provide cold storage facility to the farmers amidst the claims of the government. He is forced to harvest the crop from the field and sell it immediately in the market as the vegetables get spoiled quickly. Whose advantage is taken by middlemen and profiteers. Even if the farmer grows more crops, he remains in loss and if he grows less, he also remains in loss. Neither the farmer nor the consumer gets the benefit of a good crop. There is no doubt that the economics of the kitchen has gone awry due to the skyrocketing prices of vegetables. At such a time, the government should provide relief to the consumers by opening cheap vegetable shops.

(The author is an accredited freelance journalist)
, Santosh Kumar Bhargava

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