After rain and hail, vegetable supplies drop; prices to rise

By Times Of India on 15 Feb 2018
PUNE: The vegetable prices, which had been fairly budget-friendly in February, are set to go up again.
The Vegetable Growers’ Association of India (VGAI) has roughly estimated that vegetable grown on 2.5 lakh hectare in Marathwada and Vidharbha have been destroyed by the recent hail and unseasonal rains in the state. Sources in the association said people should be prepared for a rise in vegetable prices due to reduced supplies.

Vegetable supplies to the Pune Market Yard, Gultekdi, have already dropped by 20% to 30% since Tuesday, revealed the officials of the Pune Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC). The supplies are bound to dip further in the near future. When compared with last Thursday, Wednesday’s onion supplies in Pune Market Yard dipped by 30%, beetroot by 72%, pea by 26%, potato by 30% and radish by 60%.

Shriram Gadhave, the VGAI president, said, “Most vegetables, including tomato, cabbage, pea, cucumber, chilli, eggplant and onion have succumbed to hail and rain. In the coming days, we expect the prices of vegetables to go up by 15% to 20% in the markets across the state, including in Pune.”

Dilip Khaire, the chief administrator of APMC-Pune, too said, “The supplies dipped because of the losses to the farmers.”

APMC officials said the Pune wholesale market gets vegetable supplies from across the country, including Marathwada and Vidarbha. “Vegetable supplies began dipping on Tuesday, February 13. We have seen a dip in supplies of onion, cluster bean, beet, amaranth leaves, radish,” an APMC official said.

Kailash Kolhe, a vegetable vendor in Koregaon Park, said onion supplies in the Market Yard have come down from more 200 carts on Tuesday to just 100 carts on Wednesday. “Cabbage, cauliflower, French beans supplies too were hit,” he said.