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Retail prices of green vegetables and tomatoes have soared in the city even as wholesale prices are more or less stable, according to traders.

The supply of perishables like tomatoes and green vegetables from Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, and other states has been affected due to rains. Transportation costs have also risen causing price rise, they said.

"The rates are not fluctuating much in wholesale markets because demand is limited due to the pandemic, but retail prices of green vegetables and tomatoes are high due to various reasons," said an Azadpur Mandi trader Rajnish.

In the local wholesale market, the potato was available at Rs 31 per kg, onion at Rs 40 per kg, cabbage at Rs 100 per kg, gourd at Rs 80 per kg, tomato at Rs 80 per kg, and brinjal Rs 40 per kg.

However, retail prices of tomatoes ranged from Rs 60 per kg and most of the green vegetables were sold at Rs 40-60 per kg at various markets in the city.

Azadpur Mandi Chairman Adil Ahmad Khan said there was a "slight rise" in vegetable prices due to seasonal factors.

"This is an overlapping period when old stocks are spent and new arrivals reach the Mandi. So, there is a slight increase but the overall rates are lower as compared to last year. This is a seasonal factor that occurs every year," he said.

The effect of rains on crops is also responsible for the rise in prices which again is a seasonal factor, he added.

Vegetable vendors said that prices were high because their costs had increased.

"The supply of green vegetables is hit due to rains and so prices are high. There is nothing new in this because it happens every year during the monsoon. However, due to the pandemic overall costs of transportation have increased leading to an increase in vegetable prices," said a retailer Aslam in the Ghazipur Dairy area.

The prices of vegetables were under control during lockdown because supply and demand were balanced but now demand is improving causing the surge, said an online vegetable trader Pradip Singh.

"Green vegetables and tomatoes are perishables and storage capacity are limited. Due to rains, supply is affected. Transportation issues have also added to the costs," Singh said. The per kg cost of vegetables has doubled to Rs 4 from Rs 2 earlier, he said. 

Not just tomatoes, which sold at Rs 80 per kg in the wholesale market a week before due to the widening gap between demand and supply, most vegetables- potatoes, ladies finger, bottle gourd, and brinjals - have shown a spike at the Azadpur auction yard.

An Azadpur Agricultural produce Marketing Commitee (APMC) official accepted that the daily arrival of vegetable to the yard had gone down 10-15% in comparison to june, but claimed it to be a monsoon phenomenon." the crop of grain vegetable in the neighbouring states of Haryana,Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan get damaged due to monsoon rain every year,which affects the supply,"Azadpur APMC Chairman Adil Ahmed Khan said.

The comparison with the last July, however, shows the price of most vegetables this year are at least 20-40% up For example ladies finger a popular summer vegetable , were sold at Rs 16 per kilo last year against Rs 24 this year.Similarly, potatoes were priced at Rs 18 per kilo on July 8, 2019 but were selling at Rs 24 on July 8 2020. Bottle goaurd sold at Rs 14 and Brinjal at Rs 16 per kilo in the second week of July last year while the prices were Rs 20 and Rs 24, respectively.

The retail prices of most vegetables are also up by atleast 50% in various parts of the city in comparison to last year.

whole sale traders said higher prices of diesel has also increased the prices 10-15% if we paid Rs 100 per rate for transportation last year, trucker are asking for Rs 115-120 said Roshan Bhatia , a trader.

They also pointed out the stock of the last crop of certain vegetables started finishing in june-july while there were 20-25 days left for the fresh produce to arrive . " The supply of the current crop of tomatoes from Bengluru and Maharashta is almost over and the rest has got damaged in rain .The fresh supply from himachal will arrive in a couple of weeks and the prices will immediately stabilise, " said Rajveer Kosana, a vegetable wholesaler in Greater Noida.

The lack of labours due to lockdown migration has also affected the prices, said a trader.






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