Owing to a shortage in local supply, the price of tomatoes, one of the chief ingredients in the kitchen, has skyrocketed past Rs 60 per kg over the past few days.
In many upscale localities in New Gurgaon, including DLF, South City, Nirvana County and Malibu Towne, consumers paid Rs 55 to Rs 60 for a kilogram of tomatoes on Wednesday. The price is likely to go further north as the supply to the Gurgaon wholesale market is down to almost half in the last two days.
On Wednesday, the Gurgaon wholesale market received 250 quintals of tomatoes, which had an immediate impact on retail prices -- it increased by Rs 10 within a day.
“The price of a crate of tomatoes was between Rs 800 and Rs1,000 on Wednesday. There is a shortage in supply as local production has almost dried up,” said Naresh Kumar, a wholesale dealer.
Officials of Gurgaon agricultural marketing committee said the rise in price was seasonal and it happened every year. “Most of the supply comes from Shimla, Ladwa and western India as production in Rajasthan, Mewat, Farrukhnagar and other areas is over. The transportation and other costs ,apart from the shortfall, lead to price rise,” said Sudesh Gupta, secretary of the committee.
An average of 500 to 600 quintals tomatoes reaches Gurgaon market daily normally. But with the monsoon setting in, supply has reduced while the cost of transporting and storage have increased. “The price of other vegetables is also going to remain on the higher side during in next two months,” said Bikram, a committee official.
The sharp increase in the price of tomatoes has hit Gurgaon family budgets hard. In most DLF phases, the price hovered between Rs 55 and 60 per kg and regular buyers even reduced their purchase by half. “Every day, I buy a kilogram of tomatoes but the current price is shocking,” said Aarti Narang, a Sector 31 resident.
In Sector 23, the price was around Rs 50 per kg and in Palam Vihar the rate was between Rs 50 and Rs 60. “I plan to buy vegetables from Bijwasan in Delhi if prices keep rising in the locality,” said Sonia Sharma, a Sector 23 resident.