Tribune News Service
Amritsar, June 3
With the lifting of curfew and easing of lockdown restrictions, retail prices of pulses have fallen by around 20 per cent. Resumption in regular supply of pulses and the availability of fresh vegetables at low prices, combined with lack of demand, have contributed to the fall in prices.
Kuldeep Kaur Dhillon, a homemaker and resident of Anmol Avenue, said: “Fresh vegetables were being delivered on the doorstep at moderate rates. So families prefer to consume fresh farm produce rather than pulses.”
Anil Kapoor, the president of the Amritsar Distributors Association (ADA), said the crash in vegetable prices had disrupted balance in the market. This had shifted the demand from pulses to vegetables. He said the demand for pulses had decreased across the state. “Fearing prolonged lockdown, people stocked sufficient amount of pulses for their good shelf life. So they do not require immediate replenishment for their domestic stocks,” he said.
The supply of cereals, as most of them come from Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, has resumed, dispelling any fear of delay in the arrival of fresh stocks.
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