Abrupt Shifts in Surplus and Deficit make Veg a Luxury

Abrupt Shifts in Surplus and Deficit make Veg a Luxury

Submitted by Subeditor on Tue, 2015-12-08 09:31 Bengaluru: Increased demand for vegetables in flood affected Chennai has resulted in a steep increase in the prices of the commodity in Bengaluru since two days. All through the deluge, supply of vegetables to Chennai had stopped completely and as a result, prices of most of the vegetables had dropped by almost 50 percent. But since Saturday prices started rising and expected to skyrocket as there is no import from Tamilnadu since the disaster struck Chennai. When Chennai was fighting the crisis, vegetable supply from Nasik, Maharastra, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Jharkand, Madhya Pradesh had been diverted to Bengaluru resulting in a surplus. This lead to a remarkable drop in vegetable prices in Bengaluru.  But Saturday saw a reversal when the prices of potato, onion, tomato, cabbage, cauliflower, beans, ladies finger and other green vegetables rose from Rs 20- Rs 25 to Rs 40 per kilogram while ladies finger is selling at a pinching price Rs 60/Kg.  “The price of ladies finger which was Rs 25 per kilo till friday last week is now Rs 60. Even though we get potatoes from other states, potato price is peaking and carrot which was available for Rs 25 per kilo is now a luxury at Rs 50,” said Amzad Alikhan, a vegetable vendor at KR Market. Wazeer of KR Market vendors association said, “A week ago all the vegetable trucks bound for Tamilnadu from various states of Karnataka had unloaded vegetables in Bengaluru and the supply exceeded demanded leading to a dip in prices. Now again with an increased supply to Chennai the prices are shooting.”  According to Arief Khan, a whole sale vegetable trader in Kalasipalya market, Tamilnadu is a major supplier of green vegetables particularly, ladies finger, brinjal and cabbage. In between the rains in Bengaluru also had disturbed the system in the market and now the supply is also low. “Vendors have to import vegetables from Delhi, Nasik, Maharashtra, Jharkand, Madhya Pradesh and other places. Increased purchase price and transportation costs are adding to the situation,” added Arief Khan.