Vegetables prices up by 80% in two months: ASSOCHAM

India Infoline News Service | Mumbai |

Retailers are selling vegetables at more than 48.8% of wholesale prices and even in some centres selling prices are at more than 51%.

The ASSOCHAM study of 33 Mandies in India has revealed that during April-June 2014, the gap between the wholesale and retail prices of vegetables has increased by 80% whereas retail prices in ten centres has been to the extent of 30%.

Releasing the study, the associated chamber of commerce and industry of India (ASSOCHAM) says, it was also observed that on an average, retailers are selling vegetables at more than 48.8% of wholesale prices and even in some centres selling prices are at more than 51%.

The study found that while Cabbage retail and wholesale price gap has increased from 69.4% to 78.1%, Brinjal 62.4% to 66.7%, Cauliflower 59.0% higher than the wholesale price, Chilly 56.2% to 62.6%, Tomato 55.1% to 62% percent, Garlic 52.4% to 54.2%, Tomato Hybrid 50% 58.2%, Okra 49.5% to 58.7%, Bitter gourd 48.6% to 50.7%, Brinjal Long 45.9% to 56.7% Peas and Ginger 43.6% and 41.3% and Onion increased from 35.3% percent to 48.1%.

The ASSOCHAM study further reveals that while Surat retail and wholesale price gap has increased from 49.7% to 50.8%, Lucknow 48.5% to 54.8%, Shimla 37.9% to 47.3%, Jammu 37.5% to 42.4%, Chennai 34.6% to 37.3%, Guwahati 33.7% to 37.3%, Amritsar 120.5% to 121.8%, Abohar 107.4% to 110.3%, Agra 90.2% to 93.6%, Nagpur 82.8% to 88.2%, Ahmedabad 69.4% to 96.1%, Delhi 68.9% to 83.4%, Chandigarh 68.5% to 73.9%, Dehradun 67.4%  to 63.3%, Jaipur 64.6%  to 62.7%, Mumbai 63.5% to 46.8%, Kolkata 60.8% to 69.5% Raipur 58.0% to 62.7%, Patna 57.2% to 65.4%, Ranchi 56.1% to 57.1%, Hyderabad 53.0% to 51.2%, Bangalore 51.8% to 59.2%,Kanpur 50.9% to 57.1%. 

ASSOCHAM Secretary General Mr D.S. Rawat said, the analysis are based on the wholesale price of vegetables and retail price of vegetables in the different markets in India. Wholesale price indicates the price at which retailers are buying from different markets and retail price is the price at which consumers are buying from retailers.

The essential vegetables incorporated in the study are Bitter gourd, Brinjal long, Brinjal round, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Garlic, Ginger, Chilly, Okra, Onion, Peas, Potato fresh, Potato store, Tomato hybrid and Tomato local, added Rawat.

On the other hand the ASSOCHAM study has considered 33 market centers in India. The centers are Abohar, Agra, Ahmadabad, Amritsar, Bangalore, Baraut, Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Dehradun, Delhi, Gangatok, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Jammu, Kanpur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nasik, Patna, Pimpalgaon, Pune, Raipur, Ranchi, Shimla, Surat and Trivendrum

The study has observed that most of the vegetables arrival have recorded declining trend except local tomato, potato fresh and onion (noticeably onion price during 2013-14 has recorded life time high). 

Onion arrival grew at a rate of 13.0 percent during 2013-14 followed by tomato local grew at a rate of 7.9 percent and potato fresh arrival grew at a rate of 6.2 percent. Okra and Cauliflower arrival have recoded marginal growth rate of 0.4 percent and 1.9 percent during the same period, mentioned the study.

Appendix
Category I: Below 30%
Retail and Wholesale Price Gap (%)
Centers2013-14April-June 2014
Trivendrum27.831.2
Gangatok27.617.2
Pune26.827.4
Bhubaneshwar26.626.5
Srinagar26.130.0
Bhopal23.822.8
Lasalgaon20.057.8
Pimpalgaon19.656.4
Baraut17.016.2
Nasik14.816.4
 
Category II: 30 to 50%
Retail and Wholesale Price Gap (%)
Centers2013-14.April-June 2014
Surat49.750.8
Lucknow48.554.8
Shimla37.947.3
Jammu37.542.4
Chennai34.637.3
Guwahati33.737.3
 
Centers2013-14April-June 2014
Amritsar120.5121.8
Abohar107.4110.3
Agra90.293.6
Nagpur82.888.5
Ahmedabad69.496.1
Delhi68.983.4
Chandigarh68.573.9
Dehradun67.463.3
Jaipur64.659.4
Mumbai63.546.8
Kolkata60.869.5
Raipur58.062.7
Patna57.265.4
Ranchi56.157.1
Hyderabad53.051.2
Bangalore51.859.3
Kanpur50.957.1

 

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