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Wholesale-retail inflation gap in perishables highest during lockdown

Divergence seen narrowing in June as lockdown restrictions are eased

Workers sort fruits at a wholesale market during the ongoing nationwide COVID-19 lockdown, in Kolkata. Photo: PTI
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Sanjeeb Mukherjee New Delhi
The Covid-19 pandemic has laid bare the oft-repeated disconnect between wholesale and retail prices of farm commodities, especially perishables such as fruits and vegetables.

Though supply disruptions have considerably eased after the country entered the unlock phase, prices of some vegetables haven't declined considerably for the consumer.

But for farmers, these elevated price levels haven’t meant big gains, as they were forced to sell their produce at cheaper rates to avoid damages while consumers paid higher prices for the same.

The disconnect is also reflective of a much-talked-about improper and fragmented market for agriculture produce, something that was massively highlighted

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First Published: Jul 29 2020 | 5:10 PM IST

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