Mumbai, June 25: Heavy rains in vegetable growing areas has led to a steep rise in the price of most vegetables, said reports on Monday. Quality of vegetables has also dropped resulting in less availability of vegetables in the retail market, said DNA. Almost every year, there is a scarcity of vegetables during this season as either the crops get damaged or new crops take time to grow. (Live Updates) Also Read - Mumbai Rains: Heavy Rains Paralyse City, IMD Warns of 'Flooding', Local Trains Suspended Due to Waterlogging; BMC Declares Holiday
As per the agriculture produce market committee (APMC) in Vashi, the supply of vegetables has dipped by around 20%, resulting in price hike. Tomato, which sold at around Rs 12 to 14 per kg, is being sold at Rs 30 to Rs 40 per kg. The average wholesale price of tomatoes at APMC is Rs 18-19 per kg. Also Read - Mumbai Rains Latest News: As City Celebrates Ganesh Chaturthi, Heavy Rains May Dampen Festive Spirits | Read Here Today's Weather Forecast
According to traders, there won’t be much respite from rising vegetable prices anytime soon. “This is an every year phenomenon when supply dips and price rises,” said a trader from the APMC, Vashi. He added that due to heavy rainfall crops get damaged. However, traders believe that good rainfall hints at a possibility of a good crop in later monsoon. Also Read - Mumbai: One Dead, 4 Injured After Part of Building Collapses in Chembur
“In the initial period of monsoon, vegetable supply is poor. However, it improves once it sets in,” said a trader, adding that in a month’s time, the supply will improve and prices will go down. At the APMC, the prices of most vegetables have doubled. Green chili is available at Rs 120 per kg in the retail market while potato is being sold at Rs 24 per kg.
The city receives most of the supply of green vegetables from Nashik and Pune. However, currently the supply has also dipped. Tomato which is now available is coming from Uttar Pradesh.