SRINAGAR: Vegetable prices in the markets in Kashmir are likely to come down owing to a significant improvement in the supplies from various districts of the Valley.
According to the wholesalers, the supply of the locally-grown vegetables has stabilised over the last one week and is expected to get better in the coming days. Consequently, the wholesale as well as the retail prices of the vegetables, they said, have already started to decline.
“Things are improving a lot. These days, our daily requirement of vegetables is getting fulfilled with the supplies comes from the fields within the Valley. The prices are on a decline and will fall further,” Mehraj-u- din Nath General Secretary of the Wholesalers Association at Iqbal Sabzi Mandi Batamaloo here, told Kashmir Reader.
The last week, he said, a kilogram of cauliflower was selling for Rs 18 in wholesale, but the same now sells for only Rs 10. The vegetables like tomatoes, brinjal, capsicum, potatoes, and onions are likely to arrive in the markets in “large quantities” soon leading to fall in their prices as well, he said.
“Improving weather will prove an added benefit,” he said.
Kashmir Valley lost most of its standing crops, including vegetables, to September-2014 floods. Subsequently this year, agriculture remained affected in many parts of the Valley due to dampness or water logging of the fields.
In Dal Lake’s interiors—a major producer of vegetables in Srinagar—the cultivation of vegetables, the wholesalers said, has been impossible.
“Despite the fact that vegetables couldn’t be grown in Dal Lake this year, we have not been short of supplies. Much to the relief of traders and consumers, the supplies are improving and becoming stable,” Muhammad Abdulla, a wholesaler, said.
Besides meeting its own requirements, the Valley is able to export the vegetables such as peas, cauliflower, cabbage, and radish to many states.
“We are exporting in bulk,” Muhammad Aziz, a dealer, said. “The vegetables are being exported from the fields in Srinagar, Budgam, Ganderbal, Pulwama, and Bandipora districts.”