During Kartika, majority of Odia people relinquish eating non-vegetable items like fish, chicken, egg and mutton and, instead, eat vegetables. As a consequence, prices of vegetables increase in the month. However, the prices automatically come down after Kartika as non-vegetarians continue eating non-veg dishes and the demand for vegetables decreases. Another reason is that production of vegetables and greens increase in the winter season.
Even as supply of potato and onion has been normalised, they are still being sold at Rs 30 and Rs 40 per kg, respectively, in the city. During last two months, potato price had been skyrocketed to Rs 50 per keg and that of onion to Rs 80.
Among other vegetables, beans were being sold at Rs 40 per kg, pumpkin at Rs 30, arum at Rs 40, yam at Rs 50 per kg, a small-size cauliflower at Rs 30 and brinjal at Rs 40 per kg.