Mumbai: Fruits and vegetables are going to become cheaper, soon

The farmer’s have been on a strike for the past seven days and as expected the prices of vegetables were pretty steep. But it seems like the prices may be dropping

The farmer’s have been on a strike for the past seven days and as expected the prices of vegetables were pretty steep. But it seems like the prices may be dropping.

In a report by The Hindustan Times, the prices of vegetables have dropped today, on the seventh day of the strike, in comparison to their prices over the past few days owing to short supply.

A vegetable vendor at Mantunga market said, “Even though supply is still short, the prices have reduced. Customers had bought extra stock earlier. Few bought vegetables over the past three days owing to the rise in prices. Today, however, there has been a substantial increase in the supply, compared to the past few days.”  According to Ashok Walanj, APMC director who also represents the onion and potato market, said that they had received 125 trucks carrying onions, increasing the supply.

Mr Walanj said,  “Over the past few days, there was a shortage in supply. Today, however, we received a good supply of onions and potatoes. We got onions from all over Maharashtra except Nashik. We also got 50 trucks of potatoes. That’s why the prices are low.”

Other vendors said that the supply of fruits had not been affected too much. As per a fruit vendor at Matunga market, “As it is the holy month of Ramzan, the middlemen cannot afford to stop supplying fruits. They have somehow managed to deliver a certain quantity of fruits daily. There has been some shortage.”

As many as 350 trucks laden with vegetables arrived at Navi Mumbai’s APMC market on Wednesday and only 15 of them were from Maharashtra. Further, about 320 vehicles arrived at the market with vegetables on Tuesday.

In contrast, as per a wholeseller Ganesh Pingle, “Parts of Maharashtra are only supplying us with minuscule quantities. However, there are arrivals from outside the state, which are taking care of the demand.” He also said that the prices have not dropped markedly and it is yet to return to normal in the wholesale markets. The retail markets are, however, a different story.

But, all is not lost. As per Mukund Pawar, a retailer, the prices should drop over the next few days owing to the fact that there was a steady supply.

 

Source: Mid-Day

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