Business Bureau :
Good demand for vegetables during the festival season has resulted in prices shooting up in the Mahatma Phule Wholesale Market. Furthermore, continuous rains from the past six days has caused extensive damage to some of the vegetables like spinach (Palak) and coriander, thereby inflating their prices to Rs 100 per kg. “The festival season demand has pushed up vegetable prices by 20 per cent to 25 per cent. This trend may continue for some more time and the prices will be on the higher side up to Diwali,” said Ram Mahajan, Secretary of Mahatma Phule Sabji Bazaar Association while talking to The Hitavada on Wednesday. He further said that the local vegetable produce has been exhausted as farmers have ploughed their fields and are getting ready for the new season.
Vegetables are being brought from far off places to meet the local demand. 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 Wednesday are as follows: Brinjal Rs 15 per kilo to Rs 20 per kilo, Lady’s Finger Rs 20 per kilo, Capsicum Rs 30 per kilo, Spinach Rs 100 per kilo, Pumpkin Rs 15 per kilo, Cucumber Rs 15 per kilo to 20 per kilo, Tomato Rs 15 per kilo, Carrot Rs 30 per kilo; Radish Rs 20 per kilo; Green Chilli Rs 15 per kilo; Cluster Beans Rs 30 per kilo; Bitter Gourd Rs 30 per kilo; Bottle Gourd Rs 30 per kilo, Parwal Rs 40 per kilo and Fenugreek Leaf Rs 30 per kilo depending on the quality, he said. However, it is expected that the local vegetable supplies will start arriving at the market from October and November in bulk and cool down prices to a larger extent, Mahajan pointed out.