Traders in the mandi are also worried with 28 traders been tested positive.
On Friday, the arrivals in the mandi was 5760 tonnes of vegetables and fruits compared to 7000 to 8000 tonne arrival since the lockdown, said the government figures.
“At present, vegetables and fruits are available in proportion to the Delhi NCR demand. The prices too have remained stable and there has been no increase,” said Adil Ahmad Khan, chairman of Azadpur APMC
While traders said that 28 traders have been confirmed positive, Khan said that the district administration has confirmed the positive report of 16 people.
“The district surveillance team is investigating more people in their contact. So far, 25 shops have been sealed in the market, and 43 people have been quarantine,” he said. On Friday, the medical surveillance team of District North conducted 550 tests in the market for Covid-19 out of which 50 samples have been collected in suspicion of Covid-19 cases.
Anil Malhotra, trader and member of Azadpur APMC committee said that with Haryana sealing the border, supplies of vegetables from Sonepat has dropped. He said that farmers from Punjab will also stop supplies with the rising number of cases in the state. “The prices are currently stable, but may increase by next week,” he said adding that the number of coronavirus patients was increasing in the mandi.
Vegetable prices have remained stable, said Pradipta Sahoo, business head, Safal. He said through there 310 retail outlets, they were selling 250 tonnes of fruit and vegetables per day.
“The supplies are coming from around 10 states mostly from farmers and farmer’s aggregators. Our product sales is doubled over the same month last year. The only issue we are facing is in loading and availability of transporters due to labourers and drivers not reporting to work,” said Sahoo
Meanwhile, the Delhi Government has deployed two medical teams in Azadpur mandi to screen farmers, labourers, drivers, traders and all the people working in the market.
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2 Comments on this Story
Valerian Pereira262 days ago
Keep all 600,000 villages as pure villages only.
Proliferate and multiply nature.do not touch even one plant. but Plant in billions..preserve the Villages and the water bodies.maintain.TIDY,..CLEAN..
Just provide : clinics: schools for kids.
Neat simple roads: water : electricity: and never Buildings ..never ..never
Proliferate .and multiply many ,any folds.
we need simple ..organic. clean villages.
do not touch or even go close.FORGET.
JRP263 days ago
Not only in Delhi but across major cities in India government has done little to control the outbreak except announcing lockdown. They have not taken any precautions or enforced social distances in potential problem areas, instead they have been only concentrating on departmental stores, shopping malls etc. where there is no big risk. Now the outbreak is really showing it's ugly head in vegetable and fruit wholesale markets.