According to traders in Pune, the prices of potatoes has increased because of a decline in imports from other states. Other vegetables, such as fenugreek and cauliflower, have seen price fluctuations, but the costs of other fruits and vegetables have remained steady.
At the Shri Chhatrapati Shivaji Market Yard in Gultekdi on Sunday, February 11, between 85 and 90 truckloads of fruits and vegetables from Maharashtra and other states arrived. Compared to the previous week, when 100 trucks arrived, this represents a decrease. The head of the wholesale market, Vilas Bhujbal, blamed the decrease in imports from other states for the rise in potato prices.
Eight to ten Tempo Green Chilies from Karnataka, Gujarat, and Andhra Pradesh; three to four Tempo Cabbage from Karnataka, Gujarat; four to five Tempo Moringa (Shevaga) from Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu; and three to four Tempo Lima Beans (Pawta) from Karnataka are among the arrivals broken down by state: ten to thirteen tempo peas from Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh; ten to twelve tempo carrots from Rajasthan; six to seven tempo garlic from Madhya Pradesh; and twenty to twenty-five truckloads of potatoes from the divisions of Agra, Indore, and Pune.
Also received in large quantities from the Pune division were 600–700 sacks of Satari rice, 10,000–12,000 boxes of tomatoes, and a variety of other vegetables like okra, guar, cauliflower, cabbage, green chilies, lima beans, capsicums, cucumbers, and red pumpkin.
Although the cost of potatoes varies, Pune’s fruit and vegetable market as a whole is still steady, and vendors keep a careful eye on things to guarantee that customers can always get what they want, when they want it.