It has been raining around Pune since last week. Cyclone Tauktae has managed to disrupt activities even more, in an area that was already disrupted by the pandemic. As a result of rain and heavy winds, Pune’s main market received less fruits and vegetables than usual. This resulted in the prices of vegetables going up by 25%. Onions and potatoes, along with leafy vegetables, saw a 15% rise in their price.
“Today we have got 70 trucks of vegetables and fruits. But due to the weekend lockdown, demand had risen more than supply. Hence, the prices of all the vegetables and fruits went up,” Vilas Bhujbal, president of the Shri Chhatrapati Shivaji Marketyard Adte (Traders) Association, told punekarnews.in.
“It has been raining continuously in some parts of central Maharashtra and also in Pune. It has affected vegetables and fruits alike. Crops in the Pune region have faced the most difficulty as weeklong rain swept across,” vice president Amol Ghule added.