Transporters are searching out alternative routes into New Delhi to maintain fruit and vegetable supplies as protesting farmers continue to blockade the Tikri and Singhu entrance points. They are protesting to repeal the three farm Acts that were recently passed by parliament.
Traders from Azadpur mandi, the city’s biggest vegetable market, said in the initial days there was some difficult in getting onions and potatoes and other vegetables from Punjab and Haryana, but the situation has normalised to a great extent in the last few days. Delhi has nearly five major entry points, of which two have been blocked. It gets most of daily supply of fresh fruits and vegetables from outside the city as hardly anything is grown within its geographical borders.
During this time of the year, potatoes and vegetables come from Punjab and Haryana, while onions come mainly from Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, through the Rajasthan border.
According to business-standard.com, data sourced from Agmarknet shows that between November 26 and 29 there wasn’t any big spike in prices of potatoes and onions at the Azadpur mandi, though arrivals dropped by almost 60 per cent.