Veg prices may double

With the Marathwada and Vidarbha regions of Maharashtra reeling under their worst drought in four decades   spanning more than 20 districts ~ vegetable prices are likely to shoot up exponentially over the coming months. State Horticulture officers are worried that the drought will affect the prices at the Belgaum wholesale market, which receives it produce from parts as far flung as Nashik and Nagpur would lead to unprecedented prices of the precious commodity. The prices of all vegetables especially that of onions are likely double from the current rates. “Prices are already high and they could go higher, owing to the drought,” Orlando Rodrigues of GSHC said. In Maharashtra farmers have already moved cattle out of the regions to cattle camps to help them cope with the drought. [H]