Surplus supply of vegetables brings down wholesale prices

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Jan 2018 10:09:55


Business Bureau,

THE vegetable prices, which had touched the roof a month ago, had dropped 50 per cent due to good quantity of local supply in the wholesale market. High vegetable prices had affected the monthly budget of housewives. However, with large quantity of vegetables being unloaded in the wholesale market, the prices have come down.

This has put smiles on the faces of housewives and cheered up their mood. With ample rains and favourable climatic conditions, the vegetable growers are witnessing a good yield.
“The prices of vegetables have fallen by 50 per cent compared to prices a month ago due to surplus local supply in the wholesale market,” said Ram Mahajan, Secretary of the Mahatma Phule Bhaji Va Ful Adatiya Association while talking to The Hitavada on Saturday.

Mahajan said that there were more than 300 to 350 small and medium vehicles unloading vegetables in the Mahatma Phule wholesale vegetable market (popularly known as the Cotton Market). The local vegetable supply comes from nearby villages and towns within a radius of 40 kilometres from Nagpur.

He said that vegetable prices in wholesale were being quoted as follows: Brinjal from Rs 8 to Rs 10 per kilo; Cauliflower Rs 15 per kilo; Cabbage Rs 15 per kilo; Tomato Rs 10 per kilo; Coriander Rs 15 per kilo; Peas Rs 25 per kilo; Fenugreek Leaves Rs 20 per kilo; Amaranth Leaves Rs 30 per kilo; Carrot Rs 20 per kilo; Cucumber Rs 10 per kilo; Bitter Gourd Rs 15 per kg; Bottle Gourd Rs 10 per kilo; Capsicum Rs 20 per kilo; Cluster Beans Rs 30 per kilo; Radish Rs 10 per kilo and Spinach Rs 10 per kilo.

The vegetable prices would remain at lower levels until the new produce got exhausted which would happen in March. Thereafter, the demand for vegetables in the city and surrounding areas would be coming from far away places, he said.

The Green Chick Peas (Hara Chana) was available at Rs 90 per ‘Khandi’ about 120 heaps (Jodi) in the wholesale market. In retail, Green Chick Peas were sold at Rs 10 for two heaps (Two Jodi), he added.