As the vegetable supply from the local farmers went up, the prices of many varieties have been witnessing a significant fall. Farmers based in the adjoining areas have been supplying a huge quantity of vegetables like cauliflower, coriander, spinach and brinjal among others to the markets here thereby diluting the prices by about 50 per cent to 70 per cent when compared to the prices during the last 10 – 15 days.
It is important to note that supply of the vegetable suppliers from adjoining villages and those from other nearby places had dropped to a level of 10 per cent of the total demand for the past few months. But now, the local farmers are pouring in their agricultural produce in the city markets.
However, Ram Mahajan, one of the leading vegetable wholesalers based in Phule Market and office-bearer of the dealers’ association, said it is just a beginning. “Right now only 25 per cent of the vegetables are being supplied by the local farmers. In the next 20-25 days, it will further improve and the prices will also dip,” he said.
Mahajan said the November, December and January period witnesses good arrival of vegetables from the farmers in places Katol, Kalmeshwar, Ramtek, Umrer, Parseoni, Devlapar. “We also get vegetables from Wardha, Bhandara, Chhindwara and other nearby places because of which there is no dearth of it during the season. When suppliers bring vegetables from nearby places, the prices are very competitive compared to the prices of vegetables brought here from far off places,” he explained.
It normally happens in the December – January period when many varieties of vegetables are easily available here because of the availability of water. But in summer when the temperature rises, the supply from local farmers reduces and the prices go northwards.