Tomato prices go from Rs 60 to over Rs 90 a kg in days, supply from key states affected

The prices is unlikely to change for at least two more weeks till the crop is not received from key tomato growing places including Nashik in Maharashtra.

Written by Anju Agnihotri Chaba | Jalandhar | Published: July 24, 2017 5:05 am
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In the past two weeks, prices of tomato, have soared from Rs 50 to 60 per kg to Rs 90-100 per kg in local vegetable markets. The wholesale rate, too, have gone up from Rs 40 per kg to Rs 55-60 per kg in one week. The prices is unlikely to change for at least two more weeks till the crop is not received from key tomato growing places including Nashik in Maharashtra.

Though, every year during June to September, the rates of tomato goes up due to off season, but this year, the crop arrived quite late from Nashik due to heavy rains, which also damaged it to some extent. Due to the rise in prices, homemakers have been forced to cut its daily usage. “Tomato is used in the preparation of almost every vegetable and pulses, but due to sky rocketing price we are trying to use it less as possible these days,” said Sangeeta Sharma, a homemaker.

“We have been selling tomato between Rs 55 to 60 per kg in wholesale market and retailers are selling them at Rs 90 to 100 per kg for the past few days and it will continue the same for at least for 10 more days,” said a wholesaler Prem Kumar in Jalandhar’s Maksundan vegetable market. Like Prem, another wholesaler said, “We have been receiving very less supply of tomato from key growing states like Maharashtra, Karnataka and other southern states this year. Crops have been damaged in some areas due to heavy rain, which has affected the supply.

Dimpy Sachdeva, president Arhtiya Assoication of Maksudan vegetable market, said that though high rate of tomato is a seasonal phenomena but this year the rates shot up much more high as compare to the rates which generally prevail in this off season. He said that they are yet to get the crop from Nashik which got delayed by two weeks due to heavy rains there.

Retailers said that they have to bear the transportation charges to ferry tomatoes from mandies to local retail markets and their margins are not very high.

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  1. Jayasankar
    Jul 26, 2017 at 4:17 pm
    First reason for high price is No rain Tamil nadu and raining in Karnataka now. Second is greedy Middle men are main reason for this high price. Every year this happens either Onions go up or Tomato or Potato..Unless Local govts take action on middle men who exploit the situation and make Crores of Money Every year. In places like TN middle men and Politician Nexus , same in Karnatake
    1. M
      Jul 24, 2017 at 10:26 am
      Almost all vegetables prices gone beyond Rs. 100, per kg, if some one take only 250 gms or 500 gms. But this time there is no media or TV live telecast, how they were doing it in 2014, before election. That time, one guy from Chennai, kolkata, nasik, mumbai, colaba, bangalore, delhi etc, live telecast with chart comparison. Now what happened? Generally, during rainy season or before winter, vegetables goes up and after new crops comes in market, it goes down, but to makes it a propaganda or to provocation people has become a habits of BJP.