Vegetable prices have seen a downward turn but the percentage of decline is more in the wholesale market than the retail.
Prices of tomatoes that had tucked Rs 35 a kilo last month have now come down to as low as Rs 12 a kilo. Prices of all other vegetables too have come down significantly.
For instance, the wholesale rates for 10 kilos of some vegetables at Belgaum on Tuesday were cabbage (Rs 70-80), tomatoes (Rs 60-80), brinjal (Rs 80-90) and beans (Rs 80-90).
Even if retailers add a 50 percent profit margin on the wholesale rates, vegetables are now available at a substantially cheaper rate than previous month. For instance, the retail prices per kilo of vegetables in Belgaum on Tuesday were tomatoes (Rs 12-14), beans (Rs 18-20), cauliflower (Rs 20), potatoes (Rs 9) and onions (Rs 6-8).