An record increase has been witnessed in the price of frequently used vegetable items, including garlic, tomato, onion and potato, due to flood devastation in several areas of production in the country.
An agricultural expert Enyatullah said that the recent rains and floods had affected vegetables, fruits and other crops badly.
He said the areas of vegetable production had been adversely affected by the floods, while their transportation had also been affected, as many roads have been washed away.
He was of the view that floods and transportation were the main cause of a hike in the prices of fruits and vegetables in the city’s markets.
Due to these situations, prices of vegetables have increased considerably in local markets of twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, while citizens and traders fear further rise in the rates.