Household budgets across Mumbai are likely to feel the burn now that prices of vegetables have increased at both the APMC wholesale market and retail markets. The reason: shortage of supply because of unseasonal rainfall in the vegetable-producing regions, which has damaged crops.
Recent rainfall in Pune and Nashik has affected the inflow of stock at the wholesale market, said trader Rohidas Dagade.
“The prices of vegetables have gone up this week because the supply of stock in the market has reduced. The average temperature has decreased because of unseasonal rainfall affecting the production of crops,” Dagade said.
“Although vegetable prices have increased, potato and onion prices have decreased. Punjabi potato is selling for Rs 10 a kg, while it was earlier sold at Rs 20-25 a kg. Onion is now sold at Rs 15-20 a kg, down from Rs 25 a kg. The prices of all vegetables will decrease when the supply of stock increases,” he said.
Kailash Kaur, an APMC market customer, said, “It is very difficult for us to purchase any vegetables because of the rise in prices. Tomato now costs Rs 35 a kg. Customers are left with no option but to buy less, so that they don’t exceed their budget.”
Yogita Chauhan, who buys her vegetables at the Mafco market, said, “The rise in prices has affected my monthly budget. Earlier, I would buy 2-3kgs of vegetables in one go, but now it is very expensive to do that.”
Sunil Morya, a retailer at Mafco Market, said, “The prices of all vegetables have increased by 15-20%. Tomato has witnessed a significant rise in prices. It is now sold for Rs 40 a kg from Rs 25-30 a kg. Rates will come down once good quantity of stock enters the market.”