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After onions, prepare to shed tears over tomatoes

After onions, now tomatoes are making the common man cry. The retail price of tomatoes has jumped by Rs 40 per kg in a matter of one month. Just in October, tomatoes cost Rs 30, but now in November, the prices have skyrocketed to Rs 70 per kg at the Agricultural Produce Market Committee, Vashi.


Tearing up over tomatoes: The vegetable has seen a hike of Rs 40 in just a month. Pic/Sameer Markande

Traders say the unseasonal rainfall in Nashik, Latur, Baramati, Pune and parts of Gujarat has destroyed the crops, owing to which the production level reduced, which in turn has forced Mumbaikars to shell out more for tomatoes.

Wholesale traders are selling tomatoes currently at Rs 50, whereas the retail prices are anywhere between Rs 60-70, depending on the quality of the tomato. “We get tomatoes for around Rs 45 per kg. So to make some profit, we sell it for around Rs 60 per kg,” said Hari Om Pandit, a vendor at the APMC market.

Traders said that the unexpected rain had led to a sharp decrease in the production level. “So much so that the number of trucks that reached the market has gone down to 94 against 101 trucks in October,” said an APMC official.

And it’s not just the price of the vegetable that has gone up. Restaurants and hotels are also contemplating a price hike for dishes that contain tomatoes. 

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