Leafy vegetable prices soar, other veggies, meat stable

ST Correspondent
Monday, 3 September 2018

While the supply of most leafy vegetables remained stable, the demand has increased, raising the prices.

PUNE: As the demand has increased due to limited supply, vegetable prices have soared by anywhere around Rs 100 to Rs 400 per 100 bundles. The demand for leafy vegetables usually goes up in monsoon as the frequency of vegetables getting spoilt is more. The fruity vegetable prices, however, remained somewhat stable. 

The prices of coriander increased the most. The wholesale rate of coriander at the Market Yard was between Rs 600 to Rs 1,000 per 100 bundles, showing an increase of almost Rs 400. While the supply of most leafy vegetables remained stable, the demand has increased, raising the prices.

The wholesale coriander being sold at Rs 6-10 is retailing around Rs 15 to 20. 100 bundles of fenugreek (methi) are retailing at Rs 600- Rs 800, onion blades at Rs 400 – Rs 600, spinach at Rs 400 – Rs 600, ‘shepu’ at Rs 400- Rs 600 and furthermore.

Rates of veggies like cauliflower, cucumber and bean rose by 10 to 20 per cent but most other vegetables remained stable at the wholesale market. 

Cauliflower rate has soared as input has reduced due to the rains. There has been the input of almost 150 trucks of vegetables from states like Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, keeping the influx constant. For 10 kg, the rates of onion was at Rs 80 to 120, potato Rs 140 170, okra Rs 200 – Rs 300, cucumbers Rs 80 – Rs 120, tomato Rs 40- Rs 80, cauliflower Rs 14 – Rs 180, cabbage Rs 30 – Rs 80 and green chillies at Rs 250 – Rs 300.

Similarly, as demand for seafood remained low due to rains, fish sales have seen a drop and the prices have dropped by almost 20 per cent, while chicken and meat rates remained stable. Wholesale rates (per kg) of deep-sea fish varieties like Pomfret were at Rs 550- Rs 1,400 according to the size, Halwa at Rs 480, Surmai at Rs 400, Rawas at Rs 480 - Rs 550, prawns at Rs 200 to Rs 480, lobsters at Rs 1,200. In animal meat, chicken rates were at Rs 130 and goat, sheep meat at Rs 460. Eggs were sold at Rs 4 per piece.

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