According to Kanani, as against normal arrivals worth Rs 70-80 million per day at the Rajkot APMC, post-strike arrivals have risen to over Rs 110-120 million.
However, the Unjha APMC has been witnessing a steady flow of produce arrivals ever since the strike ended. "Arrivals and despatches have resumed but in an equal flow, which has not disrupted the storage and other logistics for the market. Also, prices have remained stable for now despite the rise in arrivals," said Vijay Joshi, president of the Unjha Commodity Association.
During the recent transport strike, while the Rajkot APMC had seen a loss of Rs 400-500 million in terms of fall in daily volumes, the Unjha APMC had seen a loss of Rs 800 million.
According to Joshi, Gujarat is known for its cumin seed exports, which go up to 150,000 tonnes per annum or 12,500 tonnes per month. However, the same was impacted during the strike, with the market unable to trade in fennel seeds, psyllium seeds and sesame seeds.