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Maharashtra rains hit vegetable, fruit arrivals

Sudha Menon

Exports to West Asia, Europe affected over the last week

Pune , Aug. 8

The prolonged wet spell over different parts of Maharashtra has taken a toll on vegetable and fruit arrivals. Exports of seasonal fruits and vegetables out of Mumbai too have been marginally affected due to the delays in transportation, officials of the Maharashtra State Agricultural Marketing Board told Business Line.

Exports of fruits and vegetables to West Asia and Europe have been hit 15-20 per cent over the last week, Mr Sunil Borade, Advisor, Export, MSAMB, said.

"The situation is not bad because it is currently the lean season for exports and what is mainly getting exported at this point is pomegranates, which go by air," Mr Borade said. Farmers and exporters, however, are affected by delays in harvesting and transporting fresh produce to Mumbai from where it leaves for overseas destinations. "Even a day's delay sometimes translates into losses since these are perishable goods," he pointed out.

Meanwhile, the Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee here said that supply of fruits and vegetables to the city remained normal despite the rains, owing mainly to the fact that suppliers from other parts of the country are sending their produce. Supplies of green leafy vegetables, however, were hit over the weekend as farmers in the region lost their crop in the deluge or during transportation.

Spinach and coriander prices have risen from 50 paise a bunch in the wholesale market to Rs 5.

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