The blockage of crucial roadways due to the farmers’ protest has resulted in a sharp rise in the retail price of vegetables and fruits in Delhi and adjoining areas.
Retail price of vegetable and fruit have soared in Delhi due to transport disruption caused by the farmers’ protest. (Photo: Reuters/Representational image)
Retail prices of vegetables and fruits have soared in Delhi-NCR due to transpiration blockage caused by the farmers’ protest in the national capital. While prices of some vegetables and fruits have normalised as truckers sought alternate routes, they are still relatively high due to a drop in supply.
A recent PTI report said that the supply of vegetables and fruits to Delhi from other states have been impacted due to road blockages at the Singhu and Tikri border points of the national capital for the last few days. The Chilla border on the Noida link road has also been shut for traffic as farmers protest intensified on Wednesday.
At Azadpur Mandi, the largest wholesale market in Delhi, supplies have been hit drastically, albeit a recovery in the past two days. A member of the Azadpur Mandi told The Economic Times that prices of peas, potato and beans are stable after an initial increase on Friday and Saturday.
However, the situation is yet to fully normalise. Vendors in Delhi said that the wholesale price of season vegetables has gone up, leading to a sharp increase in retail price. An earlier PTI report noted that the wholesale price of some vegetables and fruits have gone up by Rs 50-Rs100.
The sharp rise in vegetable prices comes at a time when farmers are protesting against the Centre’s farm laws. The protests have intensified on Wednesday as talks between farm leaders and the government have been inconclusive.
If the situation continues, prices of vegetables and fruits may rise further due to supply disruption.