Short supply pushes up prices of green vegetables

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 21 Oct 2017 09:50:48


Business Bureau,

Prices of green vegetables shot up in the local markets as the region is largely dependent on vegetable suppliers located in Western Maharashtra and adjoining states.
Rates of the some varieties of vegetables like coriander and methi (fenugreek) have posted 80 to 100 per cent rise in last 15 to 20 days. Methi that was available at a price of about Rs 80 to Rs 100 per kg in wholesale vegetable market nearly 15 days back has sot up to Rs 160 kg per kg on Thursday.

In Sadar, Sitabuldi, Gokulpeth and Gittikhadan among other retail markets, it was sold at a price of Rs 200 per kg on the Diwali day.

Price of coriander was also flying as it was sold at Rs 200 to Rs 220 per kilogram.
Tomato, ladies finger, brinjal, green chili, Shimla mirch have also burnt a deep hole in the pockets of common men.
Prices of gawar, lady finger and brinjal have gone up by 40-50 per cent in last two weeks.

Coriander price jumped from Rs 120 per kg to Rs 200 per kg in span of just 15 days while tomato prices went up from Rs 25-30 per kg to Rs 45-50 per kg. Brinjal that was available at a price of Rs 30 per kg was sold at a price of Rs 40-50 per kg; green chili went up to Rs 60 per kg from a level of Rs 25-30 per kg while ladies finger went up from rs 3- per kg to Rs 50 per kg during the period.

Whole-sellers and retailers attributed the price rise to deficit rainfall in the region and said that mismatch in supply and demand in the festive season is pushing the prices. “It seems that the prices will continue to climb further in coming days. Right now supply of vegetables from nearby villages has squeezed significantly. we are now buying vegetable from suppliers based in Aurangabad, Nashik, Buldhana and other far off places,” said Ram Mahajan, Secretary of Netaji Market Vegetable Sellers’ Association.

Another vegetable seller Raju Narange said about 40-50% less quantity of vegetable arrived in the local markets on Thursday. “It was the Diwali day when the demand of the vegetables was more that than other days. But suppliers could meet the demand and thus we saw sharp hike in prices of green vegetable. Moreover some of the available vegetables were not of good quality,” he said.

In the meanwhile, Narange said the prices are likely to dilute in coming days once the local farmers start supplying vegetable.