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Good news: Heavy rain brings down vegetable prices in Mumbai

mumbai Updated: Jul 18, 2017 12:39 IST
Naresh Kamath
Naresh Kamath
Hindustan Times
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The prices of cauliflower dropped by half – Rs40 a kg – compared to Rs80 last week, while prices of green peas came down to Rs100 a kg from last week’s Rs160 a kg.(File photo )

While traffic snarls and train disruptions owing to heavy rain may have hassled Mumbaiites, here’s some good news – the downpour has brought down the vegetable prices.

The prices of cauliflower dropped by half – Rs40 a kg – compared to Rs80 last week, while prices of green peas came down to Rs100 a kg from last week’s Rs160 a kg. The rates of tomatoes, too, have dropped to Rs80 a kg from last week’s Rs100 a kg.

Shankar Pingle, former director, Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC), said, “Heavy rain over the past two days brought down the prices.”

Rajesh Kori, a vegetable vendor at Lalbaug, said, “In monsoon, there is a danger that the veggies may get spoilt, so we sell it at lower prices if there is a drop in business.”

Also, heavy rain disrupts traffic, in turn affecting the supply chain. With the supplies reaching the market late, vendors have no choice but to sell it cheaper so they don’t rot.

The price of coriander too dropped to Rs20 a bundle compared to Rs40 last week. Onions and potatoes, however, continued to be priced at Rs16-Rs 20 a kg.

“The prices rose rapidly this month and vegetables became too costly in the past few days,” said Manisha Parmar, a housewife from Parel.

First Published: Jul 18, 2017 12:39 IST