Heavy rainfall which lashed at the city on Monday and Tuesday not just led to flooding and disruption of the local train, bus services, but also led to short supply of vegetables to Mumbai.
According to DNA, the city has seen vegetable prices rise by 30 to 40 percent. The supply to the Agricultural Produce and Marketing Committee (APMC) wholesale market at Vashi has reduced considerably. This has impacted the supply of vegetables in the city thereby impacting prices. Kailash Tajane, President of wholesale vegetable traders association at APMC told the leading daily, "On an average, we receive 525-550 truckloads of vegetables every day, however from the last few days the supply has dried up. We are getting only 400 truckloads of vegetables which have impacted the prices by 30 to 40%."
As on Thursday, the price of ginger has gone up to Rs 110 per kg from Rs 80 last week, tomato price has risen from Rs 90 per kg against Rs 70 last week, while ladies finger has gone up to Rs 50 per kg against Rs 30 last week. The retails vegetable prices are always Rs 20 to Rs 30 more than the wholesale market prices.
Devidas Pingale, director and trader at APMC (Vashi) told DNA, "The vegetable prices depend on demand and supply. The demand is the same but the supply has gone down. Since last few days, the supply of vegetables has come down. We are getting an average 350-400 truckloads of vegetables. During the rain, farmers avoid work in the fields and hence cut fewer vegetables impacting the supply as well as prices. The situation shall prevail for the next few days."