India: Supply shortage raises prices in wholesale markets of Mumbai & Delhi

Vegetables prices in the Mumbai and Delhi wholesale markets increased in July after supply fell because of poor rainfall in western India and floods in Bihar and the north-east.

Hybrid tomatoes in the Mumbai wholesale market were selling at Rs 18 a kg on Wednesday--a 50 per cent rise from early this month. The price of locally-grown tomato in the Delhi wholesale market increased by 82 per cent to Rs 30.50 a kg on Wednesday compared to the price early July. Cabbage, cauliflower, brinjal prices too have sharply increased, worrying policy makers and consumers alike.

“While some pockets in Maharashtra have received good rainfalls this monsoon season, major vegetable supplying regions including Nashik remained deficient. Farmers were quick to assess deficiency after almost three weeks of delay in the onset of monsoon rains this year. Consumers would have no respite from high vegetables prices till widespread monsoon rainfalls resume across major producing regions,” said Anil Chavan, secretary of Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) in Mumbai.

Sources said farmers in Maharashtra are reluctant to start sowing after many of them lost crops in some parts of Maharashtra last year when rains failed. Farmers in other parts in the state could not harvest vegetables after the first round of picking, resulting into crop failure of over 50-60 per cent.

[ Rs 100 = €1.29 ]


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