Tomato prices soar across country due to dip in supply, cost ₹80-100 per kg

The prices of tomato across the country has rose from ₹10-20 per kg to a price of ₹80-100 per kg within a span of just two to three days

June 27, 2023 12:29 pm | Updated 12:43 pm IST - New Delhi

A tomato vendor in New Delhi on June 27, 2023. Tomato prices have soared across India with retail price crossing ₹100 per kg in various parts of the country.

A tomato vendor in New Delhi on June 27, 2023. Tomato prices have soared across India with retail price crossing ₹100 per kg in various parts of the country. | Photo Credit: PTI

Tomato prices have recently shot up in the markets across the country from ₹10-20 per kg to a price of ₹80-100 per kg. The reason behind this is the dip in supply due to heatwaves in tomato-growing areas and heavy rain.

Ajay Kedia, a Mumbai-based commodity market expert and head of Kedia Advisory said, "this year, for a variety of reasons, fewer tomatoes were sown than in prior years. As the price of beans surged last year, many farmers switched to growing beans this year. However, a lack of monsoon rains has caused the crops to dry out and wilt. The limited supply of vegetables, particularly tomatoes are due to crop damage caused by heavy rainfall and extreme heat."

Speaking to ANI, Mohammad Raju, a resident of Delhi said, "tomato is being sold at a price of ₹80 per kg. The rate has suddenly shot up in the past two-three days."

According to him, the sudden increase in price is due to heavy rainfall. "Rain has destroyed tomatoes," added Mohammad Raju.

Tomato prices have also skyrocketed in the southern State of Karnataka and its capital city Bengaluru as incessant rains have damaged the crop and made transportation difficult.

The price of tomatoes touched ₹100 per kg in a market in Bengaluru and traders said that due to heavy rain, the crops have been damaged.

Tomato, sold at ₹40 to 50 per kg a week ago in the U.P.'s Kanpur market is now being sold at ₹100 per kg while in Delhi it is being sold at ₹80 per Kg.

"Earlier, the price of Tomato was ₹30 per kg, after that I bought it for ₹50 per kg and now it has become ₹100. Price is going to go up further and we're helpless, we have to buy," said Suraj Gaur, a resident of Bengaluru.

In Uttar Pradesh's Kanpur, the acute shortage of the essential vegetable is burning holes in common people's pockets. The wholesale prices range from ₹80-90 per kg, and the retail shops are selling tomatoes for ₹100 per kg.

According to vegetable vendors of a market in Kanpur, Karnataka, a major tomato supplier, saw heavy rains that destroyed the crops. The prices soared in just 10 days and are likely to increase further, the vendors added. "Price rise is because of rain. Tomatoes are coming from Bengaluru. Within 10 days it will increase further. Every year during this month tomato prices usually increase," Lakshmi Devi, a vegetable seller at a Kanpur market said. Due to rain, significant disruption in the supply of tomatoes has happened in Karnataka's tomato-growing districts of Kolar, Chikkaballapur, Ramanagara, Chitradurga and Bengaluru Rural.

Meanwhile, a customer in Kanpur said that he would stop buying tomatoes if prices increase further.

"I will stop eating tomatoes if the price increases. People from households like mine are worried about the price rise. How can we buy vegetables if prices increase like this?," Gopal, a resident of Kanpur, said. Meanwhile, a trader in Kanpur said that the prices of tomatoes can shoot up to ₹150 per kg in the coming days.

"The tomato rate has doubled in the last few days. We are not receiving tomatoes from local areas and there is an acute shortage of them. We rely on Bengaluru for supply in these two months, and in upcoming days, prices will shoot up to 150 rupees per kg", a trader said. "We are selling tomatoes at ₹100 kg. Due to rain, the prices have increased," says a tomato seller in Kanpur.

According to the database maintained by the Price Monitoring Division under the Department of Consumer Affairs, per kilo tomato on an average rose from ₹25 to ₹41 in retail markets. Maximum prices of tomatoes in retail markets were in the range between ₹80-113.The rates of staple vegetables were in tune with the rise in their prices in wholesale markets, which jumped about 60-70% on an average in June.

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