Ahmedabad: Winter is the time when menus come alive due to availability of a variety of fresh vegetables. However, winter delicacies like undhiyu could be a costlier affair compared to last year when prices were comparatively lower. This year vegetable prices are yet to see a decline.
Tomatoes sold for Rs 4 to Rs 10 a kilo last year in the wholesale market. This year, they cost Rs 8 to Rs 25. Almost all vegetables have seen a 20% to 150% spike in wholesale prices. Consequently, retails prices too have remained high, nearly double the wholesale price.
A kilo of ginger, priced around Rs 47-Rs 52 last year in the wholesale market, is being sold for Rs 100 this time around and retailing for Rs 200 on delivery apps.
A wholesaler in Jamalpur said ginger farmers in Maharashtra and South India have formed unions and are fixing the prices.
Additionally, unseasonal rains this year have affected supply of many vegetables. This too, according to Sanjay Patel, secretary, Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee (APMC), has caused prices to remain high, coupled with increased demand to cater to the wedding season.
Patel further said that the wedding season ends mid-December, following which prices of vegetables may start declining, but will stabilise only by month-end.