Nothing sweet of this: Ahead of Makar Sankranti prices of sesame, jaggery go up
Mumbai: Though Makar Sankranti is 18 days far, cost of jaggery, seasame and other commodities will touch the sky. With COVID effecting all sectors, prices of foodstuff has also sky-rocketed.
During the lockdown, the costs of sugar, sesame and jaggery have risen too. As a consequence, costs of seasame addus are likely to soar ahead of Makar Sankranti festival. Also, during the lockdown, farmers had planted much less sugarcane this year. Other factors leading to a price hike in the foodstuffs is that the petrol and diesel is now hovering over Rs 90-100 per litre.
According to some traders, costs of sesame, jaggery and sugar have gone up by five per cent as in comparison of last year.
Sesame which is sold on large scale during Makar Sankranti has now gone over Rs 200 per kg (rates may vary). Last year, seasame was hovering near Rs 190 per kg. Also, the costs of jaggery has gone up within the retail market. Jaggery, which was Rs 55-60 per kg earlier than lockdown, has gone as much as over Rs 70-Rs 75 per kg post-lockdown. Also, the vital ingredient, sugar, which was Rs 34 per kg few months back, has gone up to Rs 40 per kg (prices may vary).
Traders fear that the uncertainty of prices may scale further for two months.