Prices of green vegetables have shot up in local markets as its supply dropped due to the monsoon. With the arrival of the rainy season in the region, vegetables are not available with most of the local farmers and the same
is being brought in here from other places.
“The arrival of vegetables in the local markets is going down which is eventually pushing up prices of coriander, methi and other varieties,” Ram Mahajan, one of the leading vegetable dealers based in Phule Market and office-bearer of the dealers’ association, said.
Coriander was sold at a price of Rs 60 - Rs 80 per kg in the wholesale market on Tuesday. It was available at a price
of Rs 30 per kg about 15-20 days back.
Price of Methi has also gone up following its shortage in many areas. It was sold at a price of Rs 60 per kg on Tuesday against its previous level of Rs 40-50 per kg in the wholesale market. Spinach is also passing through a similar phase as its price has doubled during the period. It has jumped to a level of Rs 20 per kg on Monday from Rs 10 per kg.
Prices of green chillies have also shot up to Rs 60 per kg as compared to its previous level of Rs 30-45 per kg.
Apart from green vegetables, brinjal and lady finger are also spoiling the budget of home makers.
Prices of lady finger jumped by Rs 20 per kg from Rs 40 per kg while brinjal has added Rs 10 per kg in the recent past. Brinjal was available at Rs 15 per kg but on Tuesday it went up to Rs 25 per kg in the wholesale market.
Shimla mirch, beans, cucumber and parval prices have also seen similar hikes.
Mahajan said prices of vegetables are going up as farmers in the region have nothing to sell during monsoon. “Most of them are busy with sowing and other agricultural activities. It is quite natural to see prices in monsoon. But very soon when the new crop will arrive, the prices will come down,” he said.
Many farmers in the region avoid cultivation of vegetables in summer and thus the local markets are mainly dependent on farmers based in other regions during the monson.