Gudimalkapur Vegetable Market is witnessing fresh loads of veggies especially the tomatoes red and uniformed in size on a relatively much cheaper price than any other variety of veggies.
The Gudimalkapur market receives 400 tonnes of vegetables and 20 tonnes of aromatic flowers produced everyday from across Telangana and other parts of the country making it a second largest vegetable market after Bowenpally.
On an average, atleast 200 to 300 vehicles from different parts of Telangana, neighbouring states and far away from northern states brought fresh loads of vegetables and flowers every day to this market. Among them tomatoes are the fresh produce being brought these days to the market in a huge quantity that contributes to lowering the tomato prices significantly in the market.
“The market receives a total 51 vehicles of tomatoes today with a price variation from Rs.200 to Rs.400 per quintal. This has reduced the tomato price very much in the market,” informed Venkatesham, Special Grade Secretary (FAC) Agricultural Market Committee, Gudimalkapur.
The juicy tomatoes considered as an essential part of everyday cooking was on sale for Rs.25 to Rs.30 per kilogram during last week and Rs.50 per kilogram in last month. However, it is now available at a cheaper price of Rs.10 per kilo in retail markets.
Tomato produce largely comes from Vikarabad, Tandur, Pargi and Nizamabad in Telangana and Madannapalli and Chittoor from Andhra Pradesh. Besides this Ladies Finger, Green Chilies and BeetRoot are the other veggies that collaboratively reach the market from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
While Brinjal, Bottle Gourd, Carrot, Cabbage, Field Beans, Khira, Pumpkin, cucumber, Gr.Tamarind, Green Onion, Lobha, Raddish, Gajar, Sweet Potato, Snake Guard, Green Mango, Chow Chow, Shalgam and Hari Boot mainly comes from Telangana itself the other veggies like Potato, Ribbed Gourd, Bitter Gourd, Cluster Beans, Donda, Arvi, Cauliflower, French Beans, Yam, Drum Sticks, Green Peas and Green Plantain flock to the market from states such as Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and neighbouring Andhra and Karnataka.
However, Rangereddy district remain a vegetable pot spot with much of the green produces like Brinjal, Ladies Finger, Bottle Gourd, Green Chilies, Carrot, Cabbage, Field Beans, Beet Root, Khira, Cucumber, Gr,Ramarind, Green Onion, Lobha, Gajar, Sweet Potato, Snake Guard, Green Mango, Chow Chow, Shalgam and Hari Boot mainly comes from this part of the state.
Besides this, the market also witnesses a regular entry of flowing produce such as Chamanthi, Banthi, Kagada, Kanakambaram, Tiger, Lily, Astral, Germany, Tiger Gulabi, Gerbera, Dach, Glads, Cornation, Aspara, Akku, Moggalu, Arket, Juvvi, Chilpar and Chandini from states like Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and West Bengal besides Telangana. Almost all these flowering varieties are being produced in Telangana.
Formed in the year 2016 after bifurcation, the Agricultural Market Committee Gudimalkapur has two separate yards for wholesale vegetable and wholesale and retail flower market under its roof. While the vegetable yard spreads over an area of 7.21 acres the flower yard stands on a sprawling 11.22 acres of area. This market fulfils the demand of immediate seven (7) mandals in city that includes Asif Nagar, Golconda, Khairatabad, Ameerpet, Bahadurpura, Shaikpet and Himayath Nagar.