Prices of fruits and vegetables have gone up by about 200 percent in the retail shops and supermarkets before the arrival of the holy month of Ramadan, local daily Al-Madina reported on Tuesday quoting market sources.

A number of traders and suppliers confirmed the hike in prices and asked the consumers to buy their needs and requirements from the central fruit and vegetable market in Jeddah (the Halaqa).

Mohammed Al-Johani, deputy chairman of the foodstuff committee of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI), confirmed that the prices of fruits and vegetables in retail shops and supermarkets were more by about 200 percent over their real prices in the Halaqa due to their rising operational costs.