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Tuesday, Aug 20, 2019

Fruit, veggie prices in Pune shoot up as supply goes down

Owing to the holy month of Shravan, the demand for fruits and vegetables is very high

pune Updated: Aug 07, 2017 12:40 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
The retail price of onion has increased to Rs 25- 30 per kg.
The retail price of onion has increased to Rs 25- 30 per kg.(HT File Photo)

Hike in prices of vegetables and fruits in the city comes at a time when the demand for the same is on the rise owing to the holy month of Shravan. Some prices even rose by 30- 50% in the last two months.

While the retail price of onion has increased to Rs 25- 30 per kg, seasonal vegetables like ridge gourd, cauliflower, sponge gourd, cluster beans and brinjal are scaling newer heights with each passing day.

At present, retail prices of most seasonal vegetables range between Rs 50 to 80 per kg.On Sunday, about 200 trucks of vegetables came to Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC), Pune. They included two trucks of beans, three trucks of cauliflower, six trucks of carrot and 12 trucks of green chillies. However seven trucks of pineapple, two tonnes of orange, 70 tonnes of pomegranate,1,000 boxes of apple and 500 boxes of guava also reached the APMC.

With the supply of apples being in small quantities, price per box of apple increased by Rs.200. “The demand for fruits is high because of the festival season. However, considering the supply, we are not able to meet the demand of vegetables and fruits,” said Dilip Khaire, head of APMC Pune.

While both wholesale and retail vendors cite lack of rainfall in the last 15 days as the major reason for the hike, they hope that this phenomenal rise will stabilise in the coming weeks.

“With heavy rainfall being witnessed in June, vegetable prices started shooting up. It is true that in this month of Shravan, where the demand of vegetables, especially fruits increases, prices have continued to soar. Unlike previous years, where city witnessed good rainfall at the end of July, this year the supply of vegetables have not been regular,” said Rama Shinde, a vegetable vendor in Kothrud.

“It is a blow for all. Even prices of essentials like tomatoes and onions have increased to Rs.25-30 per kg,” said Priti Chavan, a housewife.

The main reason for this price hike is the delayed rainfall like last year. With improper supply of vegetables, it is very difficult to say when the prices will fall, but we are certainly expecting good crops in the coming weeks due to the healthy level of rainfall this year, Khaire added.

Onion prices

August 7, 2017 - Rs.200-250 per kg.

August 10, 2016 - Rs.100-110 per kg

August 15, 2015 - Rs.400-500 per 10kg

August 10, 2014 - Rs.200/250 per 10 kg

First Published: Aug 07, 2017 12:39 IST

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