Minister for Food and Civil Supplies, GR Anil said that the Supplyco is selling 13 essential items at a 50% subsidised rate. He has claimed that the prices of items have remained unchanged the last six years.
The statement came at a time when the prices of essential commodities are skyrocketing in Kerala. Besides vegetables, the prices of groceries, including rice and salt had also increased recently.
The minister said that the Supplyco on Sunday reduced the prices of items that were increased on Saturday.
Green chillies now cost Rs 8 less while the prices of mustard and coriander seeds were reduced by Rs 4 each and that of green gram by Rs 10.
However, Kuruva rice, which had been retailing for Rs 31-33 per kilogram, increased to Rs 35-37. The price of matta rice, too, has increased. While the price of matta rice increased by Rs 2 to touch Rs 38 a kilogram, the cost of long-grain matta went up by Rs 8, and is now retailing for Rs 46 to Rs 48.
The common salt, which cost Rs 10, too, showed an increase of Rs 2-3. The price of red chillies increased to Rs 160 per kilogram from Rs 140 a week ago. Vegetables, meanwhile, have become too pricey. Drumsticks were being sold for Rs 340 a kilogram.
The price of other vegetables, per kilogram, are as below:
- Tomato: Rs 90
- Green chillies: Rs 70
- Green ball chillies: Rs 100
- Cabbage: Rs 55
- Cauliflower: Rs 70
- Onion: Rs 42
- Brinjal: Rs 72
- Okra: Rs 100
- Broad beans: Rs 60
- Capsicum: Rs 100
- Cucumber: Rs 60
- Wax gourd: Rs 40
- Beetroot: Rs 80
- Carrot: Rs 80
- Curry leaves: Rs 65
Supplyco runs out of stock
Even as the prices of several essential commodities have been on the rise, several Supplyco outlets have run out of stock.
Most outlets do not have rice, red cowpeas, red chillies, black gram, and pigeon peas are out of stock. Outlets said the stocks would be replenished soon.