Vegetable prices shoot up by 25% after rainfall 

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Jan 2019 12:52:37


Business Reporter,


VEGGIES, the most essential part of Indian traditional food of late has become costlier affecting the budget of a commoner. Wholesale as well as retail prices of vegetables have gone up by 25 to 30 per cent under influence for recent rainfall followed by unexpected cold conditions throwing the weekly budget of housewives out of gear. 

Apart from the damage of crops dwindling supply against the demand in the local market, vegetable wholesalers from neighbouring states have also placed orders creating further gap between demand and supply. While talking to this scribe, President of Shriram Thok Sabji Vikreta Sangh, Dumartarai,

T Srinivas Reddy informed that the prices of vegetables have skyrocketed by 25 to 30 per cent. Though the cold conditions are easing off gradually, the damage of crops from rain and cold has resulted in shortfall in production and additional demand generated from neighbouring states have made the market bullish. However, one more important reason for shortfall in supply is attributed to the vegetable growers directly selling their produce in different mandies of other states, he added.

Among the vegetables that come under price hike list, mungas, parwals, semis and karelas are leading with wholesale rate of Rs 50, Rs 50, Rs 35 and Rs 40 per kg respectively in the local market. Widely consumed tomatoes are presently sold at Rs 12 to Rs 15 a kg in wholesale while few days back the price was Rs 8 to Rs 10, Reddy stated. He further said that the average local demand for tomatoes on daily basis in Raipur is 15 tonnes with 10 tonnes being transported to Durg, Mahasamand, Bhilai, Dhamtari, Kurud, Nagri, Sihawa etc. Similarly, there is additional demand of around 30 to 40 tonnes from Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh where crops got damaged from severe cold conditions. Apart from state-wide consumption of 10 tonnes, tomato growers directly supply 30 to 40 tonnes to their clients or on emerging sudden demands. 

The local sellers are also dependent on various vegetables being procured from outside the state. Market is flooded with gajars which are arriving from Jodhpur (Rajasthan), mungas from Rajkot (Gujarat), bandis mainly from Delhi and matars from Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh)etc.

Retail sellers at Shastri market said that the supply has dwindled by almost 30 – 40 per cent against the daily demand. The spiraling prices have also slowed down the routine supply of vegetables in the local market. Similarly, the retailers and vendors who sell vegetables in different localities have also drastically reduced purchase owing increase in cost, drop in sale and chances of losses.