Leafy greens prices in Navi Mumbai soar on rain | News from Mumbai

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With the heavy downpour of the past few days, retail prices for leafy greens have risen drastically, according to APMC traders.

As leafy greens have become stale, sellers are being forced to raise their prices. However, there is no increase in wholesale prices for vegetables.

“Because we buy in bulk, we find some of them already stale after reaching the stores while arranging the vegetables. The rain keeps the vegetables wet and stale. Also, because of the rain, fewer people come to buy the vegetables. So we need to raise the retail price,” said Suresh Gupta, a vegetable retailer from Nerul.

Most days, retailers don’t have leafy greens for sale. The very few who are found good among the many are sold in the morning itself. A bunch of spinach priced at about 20 per bundle about 10 days back, now sold at 45 in retail. However, the current wholesale price of spinach is 10 to 12 per bundle.

“I rarely buy a few bundles of Palak these days because of the quality. More than half of it is stale by the afternoon. Some days I sell the bundle for 40 while some other days I sell at 45 depending on the situation of the day,” said Amarnath Shankar, another vegetable seller.

While a bunch of cilantro costs 16- 22 in the wholesale market it has increased 50 in retail. Methi sheets that cost 20- 24 per bundle in wholesale store, cost 40 in retail.

As leafy greens prices skyrocket, chutney becomes more expensive for residents. “In any quick tiffin idea for kids, chutney is a fundamental ingredient. And most fried snacks call for green chutney. With rates soaring high, chutney is limited in our diet for now,” said Sanpada’s Sujata D’Souza.

Retail prices of other vegetables have also increased. “Other vegetables sometimes go stale, but leafy greens are more likely to go stale,” Shankar added.

“The wholesale price has not changed due to the rains. We sell what we get. After the vegetable reaches the retail market, it gets old. When transporting the vegetables, they tend to get wet,” said Kailash Tajne, APMC Market Vegetables Vendor.

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