New Delhi, July 29: The prices of tomato have increased over Rs 90 mark in 17 major cities because of short supply of the vegetable and no immediate relief is foreseen as the choke in supply chain due to rains and floods is likely to stay till August-end.
Reportedly, the retail price of a kilo tomato in Delhi was Rs 26 three months back and Rs 48 an year ago however, it has now reached Rs 92. The prices of tomato have sky-rocketed in just two months across various cities. A steep hike in the prices of tomato has been witnessed in Chennai between April and July. In Bangalore, tomato prices have risen by six times and in Kolkata, a nine-fold increase has been witnessed in tomato prices during the same period.
Noteworthy, reports also suggest of a hike in the onion prices in India’s largest wholesale onion market at Lasalgaon in Maharashtra. It was a 19-month high at Rs 1,300 per quintal on Friday. A report in TOI quotes an Agricultural Produce Market Committee source as saying that there is no fresh harvest right now and onions arriving in the market are from the storage harvested in March and April.
If sources are to be believed, the arrival of onions at Lasalgaon dropped by almost 50 per cent from 25,000 to 12,000 quintal per day leading to a rise in average wholesale prices of the vegetable.