Increased demand owing to the festive season has driven up prices of fruits like papaya,watermelon and muskmelon. According to wholesalers at the Pune Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) the arrival of these fruits in the market has been low because of the delayed start of monsoon.
Last year,the arrival of papaya around this time was 40 to 50 tonne a day. It’s only around 20-25 tonne a day now. Also due to Ramzan there is an increased demand for fruits such as banana,pomegranate,papaya,watermelon and sapota. This has also increased prices of these fruits, Muralidhar Pawar,a wholesaler. The average price of papaya is around Rs 10-15 a kilo. It’s being sold at Rs 30 to 35 a kg.
There has also been Rs 2 to Rs 5 hike per kg in prices of watermelon and muskmelon. The arrival of these in the market is also low (12-15 trucks of watermelon and 10-12 trucks of muskmelon) and hence prices are not expected to come down soon, said Pawar.
Vegetables prices see a dip
There has been a 20-30 per cent decrease in the average price of vegetables as compared to last week.
The price of tomatoes has gone down by Rs 10. Prices of green vegetables too have dipped from Rs15 to Rs10 and other vegetables are fairly stable within a range of Rs 35-Rs50 a kg.
Farmers are bringing their produce early in the market to avoid it catching deceases and pests. There has been an increased arrival of leafy vegetables such as methi,spinach and coriander. Price of a bunch of methi has come down to Rs 8-10 from Rs 12-15 a few weeks ago, said Vilas Bhujabal,a wholesaler.
Price of green pea,however,remained high. On Monday,green peas were being sold at Rs120 a kg.