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Water scarcity leads to hike in prices of veggies, eggs in city

Vegetable prices in the city are set to rise due to lesser availability of stock.

Written by Sumeet Gaikwad | Pune | Updated: June 5, 2016 4:38:36 am
Veggie759 Rates have gone up almost 20 per cent this year compared to last year. Prices of tomato, cucumber, brinjal, cauliflower and cabbage are all set to rise.

Vegetable prices in the city are set to rise due to lesser availability of stock. High temperature and low availability of water have affected the production of various vegetables and farmers have left the plantations. Rates have gone up almost 20 per cent this year compared to last year. Prices of tomato, cucumber, brinjal, cauliflower and cabbage are all set to rise. Shriram Gadave, President, All India Vegetable Growers’ Association, said, “High temperature and low supply of water have reduced productions drastically. Fields which gave 10 tonnes of average produce are giving only 4-5 tonnes,” he said. Junnar and Ambegaon have been largely affected in the Pune district. Shivlal Bhosale, vegetable trader and PMC corporator, said, “There is demand for vegetables but there is no availability in the market. People are turning to pulses since the prices are shooting up. Carrots, potatoes and capsicum which come from the northern states have seen low arrival,” he said. Bhosale said that prices of almost all vegetables are likely to go above Rs 50 per kg. “Locally available vegetable prices will go down once rains arrive,” he said.

Price of egg and chicken prices too is increasing every day. “Due to low rainfall the price of chicken fodder has increased by 25 per cent thus resulting in the increased price of chicken and eggs,” said Raju Bhosale, executive member of National Eggs Co-ordination Committee. “With rainfall, the prices will increase due to increased demand around this time of year, with no immediate rise in availability. The prices will stay so till the month of August,” he said. Currently, the price for per 100 eggs is Rs 390 and will see a rise of almost Rs 100 more. While chicken is Rs 150 per kg, it might go up to Rs 170 per kg this month.

Only mango and onion prices have seen a dip due to an increase in supply.

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