New Delhi: Food inflation rose to 9.41 percent for the week ended September 24 on the back of costlier vegetables, fruits, milk and protein-based items.

Food inflation, as measured by Wholesale Price Index (WPI), stood at 9.13 percent in the previous week. The rate of price rise in food items was 16.88 percent in the corresponding week of 2010.

As per data from the Ministry of Commerce, vegetables became dearer by 14.88 percent year-on-year during the week under review, while potatoes and onions grew more expensive by 9.34 percent and 10.58 percent, respectively.

Fruit prices went up by 11.72 percent, while milk was up 10.35 percent and eggs, meat and fish became 10.33 percent more expensive.

Cereals became dearer by 4.57 percent and pulses were up 7.54 percent on an annual basis during the seven-day period.

"Inflation is definitely a matter of concern. We shall have to see how to bring it down to a moderate level. I am constantly in touch with the RBI," Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee told reporters here.

The monsoon was normal this year and the government had earlier exuded hope this would bring down food prices.

Overall, inflation in primary articles stood at 10.84 percent during the week under review, compared to 11.43 percent in the previous week. Primary articles have a share of over 20 percent in the WPI.

Inflation in non-food articles, which comprise fibres, oil seeds and minerals, stood at 10.77 percent for the week ended September 24, as against 12.89 per cent in the previous week.

Meanwhile, inflation in the fuel and power segment was flat at 14.69 percent, the same as in the previous week.

Headline inflation, which factors in manufactured items, fuels and non-food primary items, in addition to food commodities, stood at a 13-month high of 9.78 percent in August.

The Reserve Bank has already hiked policy rates 12 times since March, 2010, to tame demand and curb inflation.

(Agencies)