Scarce supply fuels vegetable prices

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 02 Oct 2017 09:49:28


Business Bureau,

FUELLED by scare supply, the prices of vegetables in the wholesale market have sky rocketed compared to the prices a week ago. Vegetables which were priced between Rs 10 per kg and Rs 20 per kg have spiked up and are now being quoted between Rs 30 per kg and Rs 40 per kg in wholesale market. “Lower supply has inflated the vegetable prices in the wholesale market,” said Ram Mahajan, Secretary of Mahatma Phule Sabji Adtiya Association while talking to The Hitavada on Sunday.

The vegetables prices have shot up northwards and are bound to remain at higher levels until the new local crop arrives in the markets. The local vegetables is expected to arrive within the next 10 to 15 days, until then people will have to bear with the higher price range. There was also good demand for vegetables due to festivals like Navratri and Dassehra, he pointed out.

The prices of vegetables in the Mahatma Phule wholesale market also known as Cotton Market on Sunday were as follows: Brinjal Rs 25-30 per kg, Cauliflower Rs 20-25 per kg, Ladyfinger Rs 35-40 per kg, Tomato Rs 15 per kg, Carrot Rs 40 per kg, Shimla Mirch Rs 50 per kg, Cucumber Rs 25-30 per kg, Pumpkin Rs 20 per kg, Cabbage Rs 25 per kg, Cluster Beans Rs 30 per kg, Fenugreek Leaves Rs 50-60 per kg, Coriander Leaves Rs 150 per kg, Peas Rs 50-60 per kg and Spinach Rs 80 per kg, he said.

The shortage of vegetables can be attributed to the fall in the number of small and medium size vehicles unloading vegetables in the wholesale market. There were about 70 to 80 vehicles unloading the produce compared to about 180 to 200 earlier. “It will take another 10 to 15 days for the local vegetables to hit wholesale market. Afterwhich the prices of vegetables will cool down. The peak season for local vegetabes is October, November and December,” he added.