As vegetable supplies from Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and parts of the state have increased, prices at Vashi’s APMC market have gone down by 50%. Traders are forced to give away more vegetables to buyers so that there is no leftover stock which can go stale. Among the vegetables that flood the wholesale market every day are cauliflower, cabbage, green peas, carrots and tomatoes.
One trader stated: “In the last 15 days, the rates have dipped by 50% while the quantity has increased. These prices are expected to stay throughout the winter except the vegetables growing on the creepers which might get affected with a further dip in temperature.”
Narendra Shelke from APMC market said: “Now the situation is such that we end up giving extra vegetables to the buyers as we do not want the excess stock to go stale and end up in trash cans.”