Grape lovers will have to wait till December end or January to get the juicy taste as the early harvest of grapes was affected due to extended monsoon in many parts of the state, especially in grape growing areas. According to traders, grapes start arriving by mid-October and the first week of November.
Since the harvest was damaged, the supply at the market is very low. Traders say that the supply from early is normally low. But there is always excitement among traders and buyers.
According to the trader, Nasik is the major contributor to an early harvest. However, around 30 to 40 percent of crops were damaged due to cracks developed following rainfalls. “The early harvest starts at the end of October and continues till November end or December first week. However, the normal harvest starts by January,” said a trader from APMC’s Fruits market. He added that a large amount of early harvest is normally exported to Russia and other countries.
The Mumbai market also receives grapes from early harvest which is missing this year. “We hope that during the normal harvest, grapes will be available in good quantity,” said the trader.
Meanwhile, the price of tomatoes fell sharply following a good supply. The retail price is now Rs 30 per kg from last week Rs 60 to Rs 80 per kg.
While the majority of green vegetables are still commanding a high price, the price of tomatoes fell sharply following a good supply. The price of tomato has come under Rs 30 per kg in retail. Traders say that in days to come, prices of other vegetables too will come down.
There was a sharp rise in vegetable prices including tomatoes during October due to the extended monsoon that affected the supply severely from remote areas. Even the excessive rainfall in a few areas destroyed the crops.
However, for the last two days, the supply of tomatoes has increased and its wholesale price has come down under Rs 20 per kg for premium quality.
However, leafy vegetables are still commanding a high price one bunch of spinach is around Rs 40 while methi leaf is available at just Rs 30 per bunch in the retail market. On Monday, the Vashi APMC market received a total of 565 trucks and tempos loaded with vegetables arrived in the market which is believed to be a good supply during the season.