Increase in the supply of potatoes from Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat and also increase of supply of onions from Lasalgaon have bought down the rates of potatoes as well as onions in the Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) market in Vashi.
On one hand the consumers are happy with the decline in the prices of the potatoes and onions, but on the other hand, farmers are not happy because they are not able to get the benefits of it. They are not getting the prices they want even after the increase in the supply of potatoes and onions. Recently they have sent the benefits of Rs 1100 they received against 750 kg of onions to the Prime Minister in anger.
Ashok Walunj, a wholesale trader and APMC director at Vashi’s Onion-Potato market said, “Potatoes are not grown in Maharashtra they are mainly supplied from Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, and West Bengal. We have been receiving 70-80 truckloads of potatoes in the Market. As the supply is also more and the previous year production of potatoes were good and still they are in stock the prices has come from last 4-5 weeks. Whereas in the wholesale market the prices of potatoes are Rs 8-10 per kg and it depends in the retail market according to the area but it varies from Rs 15-20 per kg, the prices of old onions are 3-4 Rs per kg and Rs 8-10 per kg for new onions in the wholesale market and in the retail market the price is between Rs 12-15 per kg.”
He sarcastically added that “In India, the rise and decline in prices of potatoes and onions sometimes decide the fate of the government, but here that is not the case, in fact, the supply from potatoes producing states has been very good from last two weeks and the reason there is decline in the prices. But the market will return to normalcy after 14th January that is during Makarsankranti and the rate will again be regular.’
Another wholesaler from the Market Ganesh Pingle informed, “The price of both potatoes and onions have declined because of increase in supply. Potatoes is costing Rs 15 per kg whereas Onions too is at Rs 12-15kg in the retail market whereas in the wholesale market the price of potato is Rs 8 per kg and onion is Rs 6 per kg
Navi Mumbai witnessed a price drop of onions and potatoes
Prices of potatoes and onions on December 15 th and on January 8th
December 15, 2018 January 8, 2019
Potato Rs 20-25 per kg Potato Rs 15 per kg
Onion Rs 30 per kg Onion Rs 12-15per kg