New Delhi, Nov 25: Prices of tomatoes and onions have once again spiked in the national capital hence, burning a hole in the pocket of the residents. In Delhi, tomatoes are being sold at a rate of Rs 60-80 per kilogram, whereas it was available at Rs 30-35 in the year-ago period. Meanwhile, onions were sold at an average of Rs 47 per kilogram on Thursday.
Speaking to news agency ANI, vendors said that the deficient supply caused by rain is the reason behind the price hike. Cities like Bengaluru and Aizwal are also hit by the increasing prices of the tomatoes. While the vegetable is being sold at Rs 45-50 per kg in Karnataka’s capital, it is at a whopping Rs 95-100 per kg in the capital of Mizoram.
At Azadpur mandi in Delhi, Asia’s largest wholesale market for fruits and vegetables, tomato is being sold at Rs 40-50 kg.
“The availability of tomato is less at present because the crop has been hit badly due to recent rains in Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh,” said Ashok Kaushik, President of the Tomato Merchant Association at Azadpur mandi. “Traders could not source it from Madhya Pradesh as 90 per cent of the crop in the state got damaged. Farmers have sown again and that crop will arrive in the next 15-20 days,” he added. According to him, tomato supplies in the national capital are less by 25 per cent at present.
On an average, 225-250 tonnes of tomato are traded in six major mandis in Delhi on a daily basis. Now, 170-180 tonnes are being traded. Some quantities are being sourced from Uttarakhand and Chhattisgarh.
India, on November 23, had set a minimum price of Rs 54, 913 ($850) per tonne for overseas sale of onions, as the price of the vegetable surged to its highest in two years in the local market.
As per the new order by the government, traders cannot export onions below Rs 54, 913 ($850) per tonne until the end of 2017. “The government has notified MEP of onion at $850 per tonne to ensure domestic availability of onion and to discourage cheap export from the country,” tweeted Union Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan.
Average prices at Lasalgaon, India’s largest wholesale onion market in the western state of Maharashtra, rose to Rs 3,211 per 100 kg last week.
(Inputs from Agencies)