new Delhi. While the monsoon rains brought relief from the heat and humidity, on the other hand, expensive tomatoes made people sweat. Tomato prices have reached Rs 80 per kg in the national capital, Delhi and NCR. Wholesale traders and vegetable vendors say the arrival of tomatoes has declined in the producing states due to crop failure due to rain. Prices are also expected to fall on the arrival of a new tomato crop next week.
According to the Department of Consumer Affairs, the retail price of tomatoes has increased by 58 percent during the last seven days in Delhi. On 26 June, the retail price of tomatoes in Delhi was Rs 34 per kg, which rose to Rs 58 per kg on 3 July. Even though this increase in government figures is 58 percent, this growth is actually more than 100 percent. In Delhi, Noida, Ghaziabad and some areas of Gurugram, the retail price of tomatoes is 70 to 80 rupees per kg. The difference in prices of tomatoes at different locations is also partly due to differences in its variety.
Tomato prices skyrocket to Rs 80 per kg in Delhi-NCR
The wholesale price of tomatoes has increased by 10 times during the last one month. A month ago, tomato prices in Delhi's Azadpur mandi ranged from Rs 1.25 to Rs 4.75 per kg, while on July 3, the wholesale price was recorded from Rs 6 per kg to Rs 44 per kg. Talking about the model rate, the model rate of tomato was Rs 3 per kg in Azadpur mandi on June 3, which increased to Rs 29 per kg, which is almost 10 times higher on 3 July.
Azadpur Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) Chairman Adil Ahmad Khan said that prices have increased due to reduced arrival of tomatoes. The arrival of tomatoes in Azadpur mandi on June 3 was 528.2 tonnes, while on July 3 it was 281.6 tonnes. Thus, the arrivals have reduced to almost half in a month. He said that the price of all vegetables and fruits, not only tomatoes, has increased, which is a major reason for the increase in the price of diesel. He said that the increase in the price of diesel has increased the transportation cost of vegetables.
Khan told that from next week a new tomato crop will start coming from Himachal Pradesh, after which the prices will fall. He informed that at present 90 percent of arrival in Delhi is coming from Himachal Pradesh, while the remaining 10 percent is coming from Haryana and Karnataka.
This post was published on July 4, 2020 1:34 pm
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