New Delhi, Nov 5: The Delhi government on Saturday has asked the food and civil supplies commissioner to act against hoarding as tomato and onion prices continue to rise in Delhi and other parts of the country. “Steady and continuous rise in prices of tomato and onion without any plausible reason indicates possibility of hoarding of these commodities,” the government said in a statement.

In the national capital, retail onion prices are ruling as high as Rs. 51 per kg and those of tomato at Rs. 80. At Mother Dairy outlets, onion is being sold at Rs. 47 per kg and tomato Rs. 70, according to the trade data. However, all India average retail price of onion is Rs. 33 and tomato Rs. 45, showed the official data.

Food and Supply Minister Imran Hussain reviewed the issue of price hike of onion and tomato at a meeting with department officers in Delhi. The statement further stated that Hussain has directed his department to carry out ‘intense inspections’ of wholesale markets such as Azadpur Mandi, Okhla Mandi, Ghazipur Mandi and Keshopur Mandi. The minister also directed inspection of retail markets in different parts of Delhi.

“The minister expressed his concern regarding rising prices of tomato and onion. He directed the officers to take effective action against hoarders, black-marketers, etc.,” the statement added.

Here are Tomato and Onion Prices in Major Cities and States

1) Kolkata

Tomatoes:
Retail: Rs. 80
Wholesale: Rs: 50-60

Onions:
Retail: Rs.55-60
Wholesale: Rs. 40

2) Delhi

Tomatoes:
Retail: Rs. 50-60
Wholesale: Rs: 30-40

Onions:
Retail: Rs. 25-30
Wholesale: Rs. 15-20

3)  Jammu

Retail: Rs 70-80 per kg
Wholesale: Rs 50 per kg

Onion
Retail: Rs 50 to 60 per kg 
Wholesale: Rs 35 per kg

4) Chandigarh

Tomatoes:
Retail: Rs. 55-60
Wholesale: Rs: 40-45

Onions:
Retail: Rs. 40-50
Wholesale: Rs. 25-30

5) Mumbai

Tomatoes:
Retail: Rs. 50-60
Wholesale: Rs: 40-45

Onions:
Retail: Rs. 45-55
Wholesale: Rs. 35-38

6) Patna

Tomatoes:
Retail: Rs. 55-60
Wholesale: Rs: 45-50

Onions:
Retail: Rs. 40-45
Wholesale: Rs. 30-35

Earlier, Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan had termed the rise in onion and tomato prices as “seasonal factor”, saying the situation will normalise in a week or so on improved supplies of the fresh crop.

“Onion prices are under pressure because of 25 per cent reduction in area covered under the early kharif crop of onion. But the kharif and late kharif crop acreage is better and production is expected to be good,” he said. Paswan also added that now, both early kharif and kharif crop of onion is arriving in the mandis while the late kharif crop will begin from January which will result in improvement of the quantity of arrival in coming days.

With regard to tomato, a senior consumer affairs ministry official said the prices of tomato have firmed up in the national capital and other parts because of supply disruption owing to rains in Karnataka, one of the leading producers. Farmers in Karnataka have not been able to harvest and transport the vegetable because of rains. However, the supply and price situation is likely to improve in the next 10-15 days, he had added.