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COVID-19 restrictions: Vegetable supply in Mumbai affected

The Nashik Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC), which is the largest wholesale vegetable market in the city it provides around 70 per cent of the vegetables auctioned to Mumbai and suburbs.

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Owing to strict lockdown-like restrictions imposed in Nashik, vegetable supply to Mumbai has been severely hit as the APMCs in Nashik are shut. Nashik, which is an agricultural hub, is known as the “Kitchen of Mumbai”.

The Nashik Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC), which is the largest wholesale vegetable market in the city it provides around 70 per cent of the vegetables auctioned to Mumbai and suburbs.

According to Nashik APMC official, over 500-550 tonne of vegetables worth INR 3-4 crores are sold daily at the wholesale market in Nashik city. Of which, around 400 tonnes of vegetables are usually ferried to Mumbai using more than 100 pick-ups every day.

However, the auction of vegetables has been affected due to the closure of all the APMCs in Nashik district for 12 days because of the ongoing restrictions, said an APMC official.

The official also said that business transactions through the sale of vegetables, amounting to INR 16 crores, have been affected due to the closure of APMCs in the past four days.

Few traders are buying vegetables directly from farmers and supplying them to Mumbai. However, the volume is less than 30 per cent, he added. According to the traders, ever since the strict restrictions came into force, around 100-120 tonne of vegetables are being supplied to Mumbai per day.

Only the traders who can afford to send their vehicles directly to the farmers can supply the vegetables to Mumbai in this case. 

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