Maharashtra’s flooded farms send veggie prices soaring
Over the past week, the prices of green vegetables have risen by around 200 per cent to 300 per cent in city’s retail market, forcing households to stretch their monthly budgets. Most green vegetables are being sold at over Rs 60 per kg in the retail market.
Prices of most vegetables have quadrupled. Green peas is available at Rs 160 per kg in the retail market while cauliflower is being sold at Rs 120 per kg. Reportedly, the reason behind this hike is the 40 per cent drop recorded for the last two days in the arrival of green vegetables in the agriculture produce market committee (APMC) at Vashi.
The supply of green vegetables in wholesale as well as in retail markets has been severely affected due to shortage of supply from neighbouring districts in Maharashtra. The shortfall is due to heavy rainfall in vegetable cultivation areas of Maharashtra. Supply of vegetables from Nashik and Pune has come down sharply and the two sources usually account for a major chunk of supply to meet the demand of green vegetables in the city.
Shankar Pingle, director of vegetable market in APMC said, “The unexpected heavy rainfall in some vegetable growing areas of the state …read more