Mumbai, August 2: The prices of tomatoes have started falling in Navi Mumbai and Mumbai as the supply from Bangalore, Satara, Baramati, Narayangaon, and Sangli has improved in the APMC market. The prices of tomatoes in the wholesale yard at Vashi dropped to Rs 40-50 per kg from Rs 60-70 over the last few days, reported TOI. The retail prices have come down to Rs 70-80 from Rs 90-100 per kg. In places like Mulund, Borivli, and Vikhroli in Mumbai, tomatoes were sold at Rs 80 per kg. However, in Khar, Andheri, Matunga, and Malad, the prices are still between Rs 90 and 100 per kg.
One of the Mulund residents, Sharad Shewle said, “The prices have fallen but it is still burning a hole in our pockets. We restrict ourselves to quarter kg or half kg. Quarter kg barely lasts a day. So there is no reason to be pleased. The normal cost of this essential item is Rs 16-20 per kg, and until that rate is achieved, Mumbaikars will not be happy”.
“There is a slight respite from the rising tomato prices. We hope it will dip further to stabilize our already disturbed monthly kitchen budget. Meanwhile, we have reduced consumption of tomatoes due to the astronomical prices,” said Airoli resident Neelam Patil. On Tuesday, in Thane’s Talavpali main vegetable market and Gaodevi retail market, tomatoes were sold between Rs 60-70 per kg. Bharat Jadhav, a retailer here, said, “Our regular customers who turned their back due to high price have started buying the staple now.” (ALSO READ: Armed Security Guards Protect Tomato Trucks in Indore as Prices Reach Rs 100 at Many Places)
In the Mafco market in Navi Mumbai, tomatoes were being sold at Rs 60 per kg on Tuesday. It is the biggest retail market near APMC and the little drop in tomato prices have brought respite for consumers. Traders are expecting some more decrease in the tomato prices in the next few days as new harvest is expected to come to the market soon. “Supply has increased by 15% in the last few days, bringing down the prices,” said APMC sources.