Mumbai: Now, vegetables to become more expensive

After apples, the prices of vegetables are likely to increase by 10-15 per cent due to higher demand and lesser supply

A day after mid-day reported how prices of apples are likely to rise due to the Jammu and Kashmir floods that washed away the entire crop in the region, traders at the Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) in Vashi have hinted that vegetables will also become more expensive.

Also read: Traders face shortage in apples after J&K flood washes away crops

Prices of vegetables at APMC have gone up by 10 per cent. Compared to last week and on September 12, APMC received only 475 trucks of vegetables as compared to the usual figure of 600. File pic
Prices of vegetables at APMC have gone up by 10 per cent. Compared to last week and on September 12, APMC received only 475 trucks of vegetables as compared to the usual figure of 600. File pic

According to them, due to the ongoing Pitru Paksha (a 16-lunar day period when Hindus pay homage to their ancestors through food offerings) and the upcoming Navratri festival, demand for vegetables is high but supply is less because of untimely rains and floods in some parts of Gujarat.

Fifteen per cent of the vegetable supply to Mumbai comes from Gujarat. Prices of veggies have gone up by 10 per cent as compared to last week and on September 12, APMC received only 475 trucks full of vegetables as compared to the usual figure of 600.

A senior official from APMC, on condition of anonymity, said, “Due to untimely rainfall, farmers couldn’t enter the fields and produce was delayed. Also, floods in Gujarat have hampered supplies from the state.” Traders said that demand for cluster bean (gawar) and pumpkin is usually high during this season, but the supply is less this time.

Sridhar P, a vegetable trader said, “Gawar, which mainly comes from Gujarat, is coming in few numbers due to the floods. The rates of other vegetables including cauliflower and peas have also increased.”

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