In APMC Vashi, the wholesale rate has risen from Rs 28-30 per kg to Rs 45-47 in a week, pushing up retail pric…Read More
MUMBAI/NAVI MUMBAI: The retail price of certain vegetables, particularly tomato, has risen sharply since Tuesday. Tomato which sold for Rs 50 per kilo two days ago, now costs Rs 70-80 in retail markets of Bhandup, Ghatkopar, Bandra, Khar, Andheri, Breach Candy and Navi Mumbai.
Wholesalers blame the lockdown. Trader Mangal Gupta said, “No sowing took place for months because seeds were unavailable and labourers migrated to their villages. Farmers suffered big losses.” Another wholesaler Sachin Shitole said, “Farmers sold their pre-lockdown crop for a pittance in March-April. After that, they stopped sowing new crop fearing that more investment would go waste. As a result now there is a shortage.”
In APMC Vashi, the wholesale rate has risen from Rs 28-30 per kg to Rs 45-47 in a week, pushing up retail prices to Rs 70-80 from Rs 40-50. Trader Balasaheb Badade said, “Tomato and capsicum from within Maharashtra has dwindled due to unsuitable weather. Mumbai is now dependent on supplies from Bangalore. Export to Pakistan where tomato sells for Rs 300 a kilo, is another factor.”
Prices of bitter gourd, capsicum, ginger and green peas have gone the roof in the wholesale market, driving retail rates beyond Rs 100 per kg.