Rains push up prices of leafy vegetables

Anvita Srivastava
Monday, 21 October 2019

“The retail price of coriander leaves is Rs 60-70 per bundle while other leafy vegetables like fenugreek (methi), spinach, spring onion and Anethum (shepu) are selling at Rs 40-50 per bundle”, said market experts.

PUNE: The rains are hurting Puneites in more ways than one. Apart from the inconvenience, they are also affecting vegetable prices. After tomatoes and onions, now it is coriander leaves, which are being sold at Rs 60-70 per bundle. 

“The retail price of coriander leaves is Rs 60-70 per bundle while other leafy vegetables like fenugreek (methi), spinach, spring onion and Anethum (shepu) are selling at Rs 40-50 per bundle”, said market experts.

“The retail price of coriander has increased to Rs 70 per bundle. This is due to continuous rain. The vegetables got destroyed and supply to the wholesale market was hit. The produce available is of very poor quality and whatever good quality produce is available, it is very costly,” said Dharmesh Shinde, a vegetable vendor in Mahatma Phule Mandai.

He said, “The prices of other leafy vegetables such as methi, shepu, spinach and spring onion have increased and are being sold at Rs 50 per bundle.”

“Usually, coriander leaves are sold at Rs 30 per bundle, but due to continuous rain in the last few days, it has increased to Rs 60 per bundle,” said Atharva Kale, another vegetable vendor.

“The rains have affected the supply of leafy vegetables like Coriander, methi etc.” said Vilas Bhujbal, President, Shri Chhatrapati Shivaji Market Yard Aadte Association.

The supply of leafy vegetables in the Market Yard has reduced by 40 per cent and whatever produce is available, is of extremely bad quality. There was also an increase of 30 to 40 per cent in the wholesale rate of leafy vegetables,” said Vilas Bhujbal, President, Shri Chhatrapati Shivaji Market Yard Aadte Association.

“The supply of leafy vegetables always gets affected due to continuous rain as it becomes difficult to pluck it from the land as the water get accumulated. A lot of produce also got damaged due to the continuous rain,” added Bhujbal.

The retail price of tomatoes refuses to come down as this kitchen staple continues to soar at Rs 80 per kg while onion was constant at Rs 50 per kg in the retail market.

“The leafy vegetables are mostly grown in Pune and Nashik belts and due to this recent rainfall, a lot of the produce has got damaged. Other vegetables can sustain the rainfall for a few days but leafy vegetables get damaged in one day’s rain. Therefore, its supply 

gets affected whenever there is heavy rain,” said Shriram Gadhave, President, Vegetable Growers Association of India.

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