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Tomatoes for ₹100 a kg: Farmers’ strike called off, but prices of vegetables still high in Mumbai

Mumbai city news: Prices of tomatoes, which increased from Rs60 a kg to Rs100, still haven’t come down

mumbai Updated: Jun 03, 2017 12:41 IST
Hindustan Times
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Wholesale merchants in APMC markets said farmers sent them fewer supply-bearing trucks.(HT File Photo)

A severe shortage of essential commodities and a hike in vegetable prices continued to plague Mumbaiites, hours after the farmers’ strike was called off.

The price of cauliflower jumped to Rs80 a kg from Rs60 in Mumbai’s retail markets on Friday. The price of tomatoes increased from Rs60 a kg to Rs100. These rates still haven’t come down.

Vegetable vendor Anna Jamdar said APMC markets were not supplying vegetables on Saturday. “We did not get our regular supply from the APMC market. We bought goods ourselves at high prices,” said Jamdar who operates in Naiguam.

Wholesale merchants in APMC markets said farmers sent them fewer supply-bearing trucks. “We are waiting for more trucks to arrive. If they do, we will able to supply essential commodities later today. The situation will return to normal by Monday,” said the merchant, who did not wish to be identified.

Mumbaiites, however, said they would not buy vegetables till prices came down. “There is no point to buying vegetables at such high prices. Since the strike has been called off, rates will come down soon, said Sujata Dhoifode, a Kalachowkie resident.

Sources said the supply of milk was not as badly hit.

First Published: Jun 03, 2017 12:14 IST