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Updated: May 26, 2013 09:33 IST

Tomato price beats that of mango

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The kitchen essential breaches the Rs. 50 mark for the first time

For the first time ever, tomato prices breached the Rs. 50 mark on Saturday. Traders are scrambling to find enough of the vegetable — in stark contrast to the glut situation when farmers routinely dump their harvest on the streets in protest — even as its price has been snaking upwards since the last one week.

Contrast this with the price this time last year when you could get a kg here for around Rs. 20.

While the farmers’ cooperative Hopcoms sold tomato for Rs. 50 a kg on Saturday, it had already reached an eye-watering Rs. 60 in several neighbourhood markets in the old areas of the city. The price was a more reasonable Rs. 40 in the north and eastern areas that are closer to tomato-growing region of Kolar and Hoskote.

“Procuring tomato is a challenge now as the heat wave and lack of water have brought down the crop output drastically. Tomato has never been so expensive,” a Hopcoms source told The Hindu. The official pointed out that its price in Bangalore had reached Rs. 45 some years ago when there was a demand-supply gap. He expected the price to drop from the second week of June.

Other veggies too

It’s not only that tomato is in the news for the price rise: some other vegetables too have witnessed drastic spike over the previous year. Beans is now hovering around Rs. 100, and in some places even Rs. 130 a kg. The price of cucumber, another vegetable in high demand during summer, has doubled compared with last year. Coriander, a must-have, along with carrot, is also climbing upwards.

A Hopcoms source said prices of other vegetables have remained more or less steady in May, a month that usually sees a spike in prices due to summer conditions that are not very conducive for crops. The prevailing high prices benefit farmers to a certain extent, the official said, adding that not all will be benefited though.

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And yet the government insists that the inflation rate has fallen below 10%. The Hindu should do some investigative journalism to reconcile the price of vegetables with the inflation rate in general, and inform the readers where the truth lies.

from:  K. Raghunathan
Posted on: May 26, 2013 at 19:40 IST

The Finance Ministry played a clever game and delayed the payment of additional DA
till end Apri. This was mainly done to ensure that INFLATION figures wil come down
and perhaps can be used as a propaganda plank for "BharatNirman" ads. However the
prices had to go up and inflation figures will go up and deflate the "Bjarat Nirman" ads.
These ads are the root cause of the massacre of Congress leaders by Naxals. They
believed these ads and felt that they need not take any precautionary measures and
paid the price with their lives. Those who value their lives should not believe these
"Bharat Nirman" ads. They can cause your sudden demise.

from:  S N IYER
Posted on: May 26, 2013 at 13:05 IST

For most of India history tomatoes did not figure into Indian cuisine. It was
introduced into India by the Portuguese in the 16th century and now most people in
India cannot do without it. When prices skyrocket, and the strain is too much on your
budget, the sour taste of tomatoes can easily be replaced by kokum, or tamarind or
vinegar and by adding a pinch of jaggery. Better also when tomatoes are cheap to
make tomato sauce and store in the fridge for future use.

from:  angela alvares
Posted on: May 26, 2013 at 10:22 IST
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