Demand, supply of veggies up due to festive season

Neha Basudkar
Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Shriram Gadhave, head of the vegetable market, said that there is a 15 per cent increase in the supply of vegetables for the last two days due to the festive season.

PUNE: On the occasion of Makar Sankranti, the supply and demand of vegetables have shot up in the Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) and Mahatma Phule Mandai.

Shriram Gadhave, head of the vegetable market, said that there is a 15 per cent increase in the supply of vegetables for the last two days due to the festive season.

Vegetables like carrots, all types of gourds, all types of beans, pulses, brinjal, green peas, lima beans and several other vegetables were in great demand due to the festival.

Vijay Labade, a vegetable vendor of Mahatma Phule Mandai, said, “On Sunday, people purchased more vegetables compared to a normal non-festive day and thus the sale was on the higher side than on the usual days.”

Shivaji Pote, another vegetable vendor of Mandai, said, “Despite increased rates of carrots the sale is high for the last two days. Along with it, there is huge supply and demand of vegetables from the last couple of days.”

“On usual days, the sale and supply of vegetables are steady, but the rates and demand have increased owing to Makar Sankranti. We earn a profit during such times as the supply of vegetables has increased but the rates in which we purchase it have remained the same,” said Ganesh More, another vegetable vendor at Mandai.

Gadhave said, “Despite 15 to 20 per cent increase in the sale of vegetables, the rates of supply has remained the same. But the retail vendors have increased the rates of the vegetables by 20 per cent from the normal rates. The rates of green peas have dipped from Sunday, as it was sold in the retail market for Rs 40 to 50 per kg till Sunday and on Monday, it was sold for Rs 25 to 30 per kg.”  

“Vegetables are coming in huge quantity from Pune district, Sangli, Pargaon, Khandala, Satara, Shirur and some parts of Kolhapur district. The increased rates of vegetables from the retail vendors will only last till Makar Sankranti,” said Gadhave.

Vegetables are coming in huge quantity from Pune district, Sangli, Pargaon, Khandala, Satara, Shirur and Kolhapur

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