The Gultekdi wholesale vegetable and fruit market in Pune has started functioning at full strength, while its retail section reopened on Sunday. The supplies have started coming in from other states like Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.
"The market functioning is getting back to normal. Now, there is no cap on the arrival of vehicles. The supply of vegetables is still less because the lockdown effect has not worn off completely. But the daily arrival of vegetables has gone up;' said Vilas Bhujbal, the leader of the association of traders and commission agents at the Market Yard.
The wholesale market closed down for one-and-a-half months during the lockdown in April and May, reopened at the beginning of June. Initially, it functioned at 50% strength with half of the traders working on alternate days. The Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) has now allowed traders to open their shops with 100% capacity.
A trader said the farmers were sceptical about sending their produce to the market because of lot of restrictions. Also, the local mandis in the city and Mandai market were closed till the last week, affecting the demand for vegetables. The APMC officials have told the traders to follow the precautionary measures in the marketplace against the backdrop of the virus spread. "We have told them that restrictions would be re-imposed in case of detection of more Covid-19 cases," an official said.