Business Bureau ;
The vegetable prices have witnessed a steep hike in the past two weeks as local supply of vegetables has almost dried up. Currently, local supplies constitute about 10 per cent of the total vegetables unloaded at the Mahatma Phule Wholesale Market, popularly known as Cotton Market. The rest 90 per cent is being brought from far-off places to meet the requirements of consumers.
“The local supply of vegetables from nearby areas of Nagpur has witnessed a significant drop that has resulted in prices shooting up in the wholesale market,” said Ram Mahajan, Secretary of Mahatma Phule Sabji Bazaar Association while talking to The Hitavada on Monday. “The prices of vegetables have shot up due to lower supplies and in some cases prices have doubled as compared a fortnight ago. Coriander leaf has shot up to Rs 240 per kg to Rs 260 per kg. Lemon prices have also seen an increase from Rs 100-Rs 120 per 100 pieces to Rs 240 per 100 pieces,” he said. Currently, about 25 to 40 small and medium size tempos and small trucks are unloading vegetables at the wholesale market. Earlier, there used to be more than 200 trucks coming to the market, he pointed out.
Cauliflower is being brought from Aurangabad, tomato from Nashik, capsicum from Bhilai, tondri and parwal from Chhattisgarh, fenugreek leaf (Methi) from Pandharpur, lady’s finger from Raipur etc., are being unloaded from far away places at the Mahatma Phule Wholesale Market, he said. The prices of vegetables being quoted at the wholesale market on Monday are as follows: coriander leaf Rs 240 per kg, brinjal Rs 30 per kilo to Rs 40 per kilo; lady’s finger Rs 50 per kilo; capsicum Rs 60 per kilo; spinach Rs 50 per kilo to Rs 40 per kg; pumpkin Rs 40 per kilo; cucumber 30 per kilo; tomato Rs 40 per kilo; carrot Rs 40 per kilo; radish Rs 40 per kilo; green chilli Rs 40 per kilo; cluster beans Rs 60 per kilo; bitter gourd Rs 60 per kilo; bottle gourd Rs 60 per kilo; lemon Rs 240 (100 pieces); cabbage at Rs 20 to Rs 25 per kg; cauliflower at Rs 30 per kg to Rs 40 per kg and fenugreek leaf (methi) Rs 140 per kilo to Rs 160 per kg, depending on the quality, he said. As a regular practice, most farmers sow their fields during the months of June and July. It takes about three months for the new produce to get fully developed and ready to be harvested. It is expected that the new local produce will reach the markets within 15 days and cool down the prices. Till then people would have to bear with the high vegetable prices, he added.