PM’s post Janta curfew lockdown escalates veggie prices in Pune
According to consumers, the prices of almost all vegetables have shot up by average 20 to 30 per cent in some areasUpdated: Mar 26, 2020 16:32 IST
Short supply of vegetables and panic buying after Prime Minister’s announcement of countrywide lockdown till April 14, post Janta curfew, has left the prices of essential items go north in the last two days in the city.
According to consumers, the prices of almost all vegetables have shot up by average 20 to 30 per cent in some areas. Pune Agricultural Produce Market Committee’s firm decision to keep business shut till March 31 despite efforts by the government added to the panic buying by residents on Wednesday morning.
Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday even appealed to the APMC traders to remain operational, however, Pune APMC traders have expressed their inability to be open for business before March 31, which has further led to panic buying among the residents. Vilas Bhujbal, Pune APMC traders union president, said, “We are firm on keeping the shops shut till March 31. The markets will anyway be closed on Wednesdays and Saturdays for cleaning.”
Sonali Tambde, a customer, said the onion prices in retail market touched Rs30-35 per kg on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning as against Rs20 per kg last week.
Aaryan Bhajiwale, a resident of Aryaneshwar area, said that though the demand for vegetables was less on Wednesday morning due to Gudi Padwa festival, the people are worried about regular supply of vegetables in the markets in the coming days.
Kalpana Karmarkar from Kalyaninagar area said, “I found very few vegetables at the markets on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning. The prices were a little high as compared to previous week, but our main concern now is regular supply. It is okay if the vendors are charging a little high as they too are taking a risk by keeping shops open for providing essential commodities.”
Rahim Ansari, a fruit stall owner at Swargate, said, “As the wholesale market is closed, we are not getting enough supply. Prices are high by 20-30 per cent as compared to last week.”
Amol Khedekar, a techie residing at Vimannagar, said the prices of vegetables have shoot up due to panic buying. “The grocery shop owners in our area have decided to not give more than half kg or 1kg or a bunch of each vegetable to any costumer,” he said.
Vegetable prices in retail market on Wednesday
Onion - Rs30 to 35 per kg
garlic- Rs160 per kg
Potato- Rs30 to Rs40 per kg
Methi per bunch- Rs20
Palak - Rs20
Coriander - Rs25 to Rs30
Tomato- Rs40 to Rs50 per kg