The advent of winter has brought some cheer to Puneites as most vegetables have seen a notable decrease in prices. The last spell of rains at the fag end of the monsoon season had allowed farmers to grow a host of vegetables which are now arriving in hordes at the Pune marketyard.
Although tomato prices continue to pinch the pocket, prices of all other vegetables (both in retail and wholesale) have taken a 25 per cent dip. Traders say this price dip will continue for the next few weeks. As of Tuesday, there was a marked increase in the arrivals of okra, beans, green chillies, brinjals, etc., which brought down their prices.
Records show that on Monday, the marketyard saw the arrival of 305 quintals of okra, 124 quintals of beans, 603 quintals of carrots, 836 quinital of cauliflower and 736 quintals of cabbage. Last year on the same day, 90 quintals of orka, 100 quintal of beans, 450 quintals of cauliflower, 453 quintals of cabbage and 167 quintal of carrots had hit the market.
As compared to last year, the prices of vegetables have gone down by around 25 per cent across the board. Prices of onions have seen a slight rise as there is a dip in the supply of produce. On Tuesday, the marketyard saw the arrival of 9,293 quintals of onion, while last year on the same day, 11,454 quintals of onions had arrived.
The price of the produce ranged from Rs 800-2,500 per quintal which a year back was Rs 700-2200 per quintal. Prices of tomatoes, which has seen a spike since the last few weeks, have remained on the higher side, as less than half of the produce arrived compared to last year.
On Tuesday, 1,390 quintals of tomatoes had hit the market. The same day last year had seen arrival of 2,490 quintals of tomatoes. The present price ranged from Rs 700-2,500 per quintal which last year was Rs 500-1,700 per quintal.
According to BS Patil, a wholesale trader in the marketyard, the rise in arrival was due to late rains which had allowed farmers to grow excess vegetables.
Arrivals have increased mainly from the districts of Pune, Satara, Sangli and Ahmednagar. “We hope the arrivals would continue to be good and prices would be down for the whole of December,” he said.