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Updated: October 24, 2013 01:29 IST

More tears: onion, tomato rates to hit the roof again

S. Sandeep Kumar
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Vendors selling onions on the pavement outside the wholesale onion market in Malakpet on Wednesday. - Photo: G. Ramakrishna
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Vendors selling onions on the pavement outside the wholesale onion market in Malakpet on Wednesday. - Photo: G. Ramakrishna

Intermittent rains damage crops and stocks stored at market yards

Consumers will have to dig deeper into their pockets as prices of onions and tomatoes may shoot up further due to intermittent rains lashing different areas in the State.

Already, the prices of onions and tomatoes have hit the roof in the retail market and rythu bazaars.

Authorities expect the prices to increase even more in the next few days.

Currently, onions are offered at a subsidized price of Rs. 33 per kg and retail price of Rs. 45 per kg at different rythu bazars in the capital.

Higher in retail outlets

The prices are higher in retail outlets and malls and depending on the quality, they are offered between Rs.60 to Rs.70 per kg.

Similarly, the prices of tomatoes have increased by Rs.15 in a week.

Last week, they were offered at Rs.22 per kg in rythu bazars and are now being sold at Rs.36 per kg. The same tomatoes are offered for Rs. 40 per kg in mobile rythu bazars and about Rs. 45 per kg in retail outlets in different localities.

The prices are likely to increase a bit in the next few days.

Due to the heavy rains, many crops were covered under sheets of water and stocks stored at different market yards were damaged.

In Kurnool, large quantities of onion stocks were damaged due to the rains and this would affect arrivals to the capital and eventually the prices would go up, explained an estate officer of rythu bazar.

Likewise, tomatoes are generally transported from Madanapalle and the situation there too is not bright. The quantum of increase in prices will depend on the arrivals in wholesale markets.

If the arrivals are hit, then the prices will shoot up, he adds.

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