“In many places, policemen and even the protesting farmers are guiding the truckers and transporters carrying essential supplies into the capital, which is why there hasn’t been any spike in prices, though potatoes and onion
arrivals might have gone down for reasons other than the blockade,” said Rajendra Sharma, a prominent onion
trader in Azadpur.
Data sourced from Agmarknet shows that between November 26 and 29 there wasn’t any big spike in prices of potatoes and onions at the Azadpur mandi, though arrivals dropped by almost 60 per cent.
In the case of vegetables such a cauliflower and fruits such as apples, the arrivals have in fact risen by over 40 per cent during the same period. (See chart).
On Tuesday, traders said around 100 trucks of potatoes arrived at Azadpur mandi
and good quantities of onions also arrived that pulled down prices by Rs 5 and Rs 2 per kg, respectively. “In this season, fruits usually come from Jammu and Kashmir and other regions of North India through the Singhu border, passing through Punjab
and then Haryana, and if arrivals haven’t reduced this means they are quite normal,” another trader said.
He said a big problem will arise if farmers decide to block all entry points into Delhi, which they have threatened to do if the Centre does not repeal all the Acts.
Pradipta Kumar Sahoo, business head of SAFAL in Delhi, said in the initial few days of the blockade there was some disruption in supplies, but things considerably eased on Tuesday.
is coming from Punjab and truckers and transporters have found alternative routes to keep the supplies going,” he said.
Sahoo, said supplies some crops have in fact risen as there is inbound traffic, but truckers are finding it difficult to carry their goods outside the city from the two routes. Mother Dairy’s SAFAL is one of the largest retail chains of fresh fruits and vegetables in the National Capital, operating over 400 stores in the Delhi-NCR region. Sahoo said SAFAL has directed all its field officers engaged in procurement directly from farmers to attend to transportation bottlenecks and keep the supplies going.
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