Pune: Vegetable prices in the city have skyrocketed by around 10% to 20%, with Pitrupaksha starting after the Ganpati festival.
According to Babasaheb Bibave, manager of the Market Yard vegetable market, “The incessant rains have caused shortages of certain vegetables and made them more expensive.”
Pitrupaksha, also known as Shraddh, is a ritual performed by Hindus in honor of their ancestors. They use certain vegetables like beans, ladyfingers, bitter gourd, butter gourd, chawli shenga and some leafy greens to prepare offerings during this time.
“The prices of some vegetables have increased by 10% to 20%. Some of the products entering the market are reduced and some have been spoiled by heavy rains. We get some vegetables from Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat, which contributes to the increase in costs,” said Vilas Bhujbal, President of Market Yard Commission Agents.
Cauliflower and chilli prices are down 10% as inflow has increased relative to demand. The tomato crop has been badly affected by the rains. Almost 75% to 80% of the goods on the market are affected by heavy rains.
Greengrocer Amol Ghule said the price of leafy greens has meanwhile increased on the wholesale market €6 and €20
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