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Prices of Vegetables Soar in Mumbai as Authorities Limit the Entry of Trucks Into APMC


Prices of Vegetables Soar in Mumbai as Authorities Limit the Entry of Trucks Into APMC
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Local markets in Mumbai are seeing a massive increase in prices of vegetables as wholesalers say there are restrictions imposed on the entry of vehicles into the APMC (Agricultural Produce Market Committee) yard in Vashi. As a result, citizens who purchase vegetables within the city are bearing the brunt of this. 

The APMC administration says that only 25-30 per cent of the vehicles are currently allowed in the yard. This is said to be a consequence of restrictions imposed on vehicles carrying vegetables. Pretty much every vegetable barring tomatoes are priced at Rs 60 per Kg or higher in the city right now.

On Tuesday, the wholesale market reportedly saw the arrival of 111 tempos and 11 trucks filled with vegetables as compared to nearly 500 trucks on any regular day. Additionally, vegetables like Drumstick, Cluster Bean, Pointed Gourd, Brinjal, Nasik Methi, and so on didn’t even make it to the market. Fortunately, there is a good supply of tomatoes with the prices currently at around Rs 25 - 30 in retail shops within Mumbai.

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While it may be hard to understand the reasoning behind blocking trucks carrying vegetables and other essential goods to the market, it’s worth mentioning that the wholesale market was closed between May 11 - 17 after 200 coronavirus positive cases were reported from that one location. 

The APMC has reportedly set a limit of up to 300 vehicles per day as a result of this. Civic authorities have reportedly disinfected the entire market while also performing tests on wholesalers and other traders within the market’s vicinity.

It is hoped that the authorities will take the necessary steps to make sure that there are no additional coronavirus cases in the region while also ensuring essential vegetables and commodities are allowed to move freely. 

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