Tomato prices which have soared to Rs 80-100 per kg in retail markets across the country are likely to remain elevated for at least next two months.
An Indian labourer fills plastic crates with tomatoes before they are repacked to be sold at a wholesale fruit and vegetable market on the outskirts of Amritsar on June 16, 2016. Pic/AFP
Normally, prices of tomato firm up in the off-season of June-September every year, but the sharp increase in rates this time was mainly due to the damage caused to the rabi crop because of a severe drought in southern states. In the last 15 days, the rates have gone through the roof and the key vegetable is being sold at Rs 80-100 per kg by local vegetable vendors depending on the quality and locality.
Indian labourers fill plastic crates with tomatoes before they are repacked to be sold at a wholesale fruit and vegetable market on the outskirts of Amritsar. Pic/AFP
For instance, in the national capital, tomato is being sold at Rs 58 a kg at Mother Dairy's Safal outlets and Rs 80 at Godrej's Nature Basket. Online portal Bigbasket is selling tomato at Rs 55 in Delhi, Rs 70 in Kolkata, Rs 78 in Bangalore and Rs 79 in Chennai.
Twitterverse saw red over such developments.
Sir Tomato is Rs.15 per kg.whereas yesterday why everyone was crying it is 100 rs.? Specially checked. @narendramodi— Anil Khanna (@AkKhanna61) June 16, 2016
@mygovindia Present scenario is much more worst,Modi ji u have chaeated people#You made promises#daal#tomato#every food item increased price— renujha (@Renujha61) June 16, 2016
Mitron! Forget US Congressmen, even Daal and Tomato giving me standing ovation. Proud.— Narendra Modi (@narendrmobi) June 16, 2016
Tomato throwing festival in Spain. But how can you have it in India when tomatoes are selling at Rs100 kg? Hari Om!https://t.co/1kk1IZdwyz— Markandey Katju (@mkatju) June 15, 2016
Tomato's price reached a ton!. This s wat will happen if ther is no farmer.. #SaveFarmer— Agilan agilselvam (@Agilselvam) June 14, 2016
Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal and Odisha are the major tomato growing states.
On Wednesday, Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan had said the rise in tomato prices was a 'seasonal factor' and the commodity cannot be procured using the Price Stabilisation Fund due to short-shelf life of the key vegetable.
The government is procuring pulses and onion to create a buffer stock to be used for controlling prices by boosting supply in the open market at a cheaper rate.