Middlemen and erratic weather are the reasons being cited for the price hike
The prices of select vegetables have headed north,with experts blaming erratic weather for it. Prices of cluster beans (gawar),Ladys finger and drum-sticks have touched Rs 60-70 per kilogram. While wholesalers are attributing the price hike to the delay in arrival of these vegetables owing to low production due to low temperature in the first fortnight of February,farmers are blaming illegal hoarding of vegetables by middlemen.
Gawar is being sold at Rs 45 a kilogram in wholesale and Rs 50 to 60 in retail. Ladys finger is Rs 30 per kilogram in wholesale and around Rs 40-45 in retail market.
Similarly green peas and pawata are being sold at Rs 40 per kilogram in the city. Compared to these vegetables,prices of cauliflower,cabbage,tomatoes,onions,potatoes are relatively stable.
Cauliflowers and cabbages now cost Rs 15-20 per kilogram in the retail market,while onions and tomatoes were at Rs 10-12 and Rs 15-18 per kilogram respectively.
Vilas Bhujbal,a wholesaler and former president of the APMC attributes price hike to the dip in production due to erratic weather.
In first fortnight of February the temperature had dipped to all-time lows. Low temperature reduces the yield of crops. We are hoping that after a couple of weeks when the transition period passes we will start getting good summer yields provided farmers get enough water, he said.
Farmers on the other hand are blaming the middlemen for the price hike.
We are not getting higher prices for these vegetables. Though the production had gone down,we are selling at the same prices, said Shriram Gadhave,president,All India Vegetable Growers Association.