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India: More expensive vegetables in Mumbai as supplies drop off

Heavy rainfall in Mumbai and other parts of the state has led to a short supply of vegetables to Mumbai. As a result, vegetable prices have increased by 30 to 40 % in the city. The supply to the Agricultural Produce and Marketing Committee(APMC) wholesale market at Vashi has reduced considerably. This has impacted the supply of vegetables in the city thereby impacting prices.

According to the agriculture produce market committee (APMC) traders, drought and excessive rains have affected the supply of the vegetables. "On average we receive 525-550 truckloads of vegetables every day, however from the last few days the supply has dried up. We are getting only 400 truckloads of vegetables which have impacted the prices by 30 to 40%," said Kailash Tajane, President of wholesale vegetable traders association at APMC, Vashi. On Thursday, APMC (Vashi) received 407 truckloads of vegetables.

Another vegetable trader said that they are receiving vegetables from Karnataka, Gujarat and Madya Pradesh. "From Maharashtra, the supply has also come down due to drought and delay in the monsoon. Pune and Nashik are the main districts to supply vegetables however they too are short in supply and are sold locally. Supply from these centres has reduced," said Ashok Walunje, Former Director and trader at Vashi, APMC.

Devidas Pingale, director and trader at APMC (Vashi) said that the supply is a major concern. "The vegetable prices depend on demand and supply. The demand is the same but the supply has gone down. Since last few days, the supply of vegetables has come down. We are getting an average 350-400 truckloads of vegetables. During the rain, farmers avoid work in the fields and hence cut fewer vegetables impacting the supply as well as prices. The situation shall prevail for the next few days," added Pingale.


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