Food prices steady even as truckers’ strike continues

Food prices steady even as truckers’ strike continues
PTI
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First Published: Wed, Jan 07 2009. 10 28 PM IST

Stable prices: A truck driver and his helper cover their truck during a strike by truckers in Chandigarh. Prices of most fruits and vegetables have remained unaffected by the transporters’ strike. Aja
Stable prices: A truck driver and his helper cover their truck during a strike by truckers in Chandigarh. Prices of most fruits and vegetables have remained unaffected by the transporters’ strike. Aja
Updated: Wed, Jan 07 2009. 10 28 PM IST
New Delhi: Prices of food items, including coarse cereals, vegetables and fruits, are reported to have remained steady in the wholesale market across the country even as the truckers’ strike entered its third day, on Wednesday.
According to the data published on the Agmarknet.nic website, maintained by the agriculture ministry, prices of most food articles were ruling steady, showing no impact of the strike on prices.
Stable prices: A truck driver and his helper cover their truck during a strike by truckers in Chandigarh. Prices of most fruits and vegetables have remained unaffected by the transporters’ strike. Ajay Verma / Reuters
Meanwhile, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) asked the Centre to meet the demands of truckers.
The Centre, however, was adamant that it would not yield to their demands, even as Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh appeared set to declaring the stir illegal. The Uttar Pradesh government directed all district magistrates and the police to initiate action against those disrupting public services.
Failing to break ground with the government, the agitating truckers are turning to political parties for support.
Prices of food items, including vegetables, coarse cereals and fruits are reported to have remained steady in the wholesale market across the country. However, key spot markets for commodities such as sugar, potato and maize were closed as strike crippled supplies, leading to a rise in prices
Prices of most varieties of wheat and rice were unchanged, except jowar and basmati rice that ruled lower by at least 28% at Rs900 per quintal and Rs3,000 per quintal from the previous day level. A similar trend was seen in the prices of fruits and vegetables.
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First Published: Wed, Jan 07 2009. 10 28 PM IST