Tomato prices touch Rs. 80 per kg in Delhi

9:50 AM, Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
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tomatoNew Delhi:  After onion, retail prices of tomatoes have soared up to Rs. 80 per kg in the national capital on lower supplies from Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.

Mother Dairy, which has about 400 retail outlets in the national capital region, is selling tomatoes at Rs. 64 per kg, while local vendors are charging Rs. 70-80 per kg.

Last week, tomoato prices were ruling at Rs. 40 per kg.

According to traders at Delhi’s wholesale mandi at Azadpur, tomato prices have gone up sharply as arrivals from Himachal Pradesh have almost stopped with onset of winter, while supplies from Ratlam in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra are also low.

The arrival of tomatoes has declined in Delhi to 15-20 trucks against 35-40 trucks before Diwali, they added.

Onion prices have moderated to 60 per kg, down from peak of Rs. 100 kg last month.

Potato, onion and tomatoes are the three most common vegetables used in every household.

As per the government data, tomato was being sold at Rs. 80 per kg in Port Blair and Rs. 70 in Aizwal. It was cheapest Rs. 15 per kg in Bhopal. The average for 57 cities was Rs. 40 per kg.

Tomato was ruling at Rs. 60 per kg in Jammu, Cuttack and Rourkela and Rs. 45 in Thiruvananthapuram.

The data put price ruling in Delhi at Rs. 48 per kg even though retail rates were as high as Rs. 80 per kg.

Besides the household demand, the commodity was being sought in greater numbers by manufacturers of tomato ketchup and purees, putting pressure on the prices.

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