Tomato and onion prices arecontinuing to rule high at Rs. 60-80 per kg in retail markets of the national capital region despite improved supplies and fall in wholesale prices.
Tomatoes are being sold at Rs. 60-70 per kg, while onions are available at high rate of Rs. 70-80 per kg. Prices of another kitchen staple, potato, have also risen to Rs. 40-44 per kg.
Potato, onion and tomatoes are the three most common vegetables used in every household.
Mother Dairy, which has about 400 retail outlets in the national capital region, is selling tomatoes at Rs. 60 and Rs. 64 per kg, onions at Rs. 60 and Rs. 63 per kg depending upon the quality. While it is charging Rs. 31-33 per kg for the potato coming from cold storage and Rs. 37-39 for new crop of potato.
"From the beginning of this week prices have come down by Rs. 5-15 per kg as supplies have improved, but its impact is so far not visible in the retail markets," Azadpur Mandi APMC Chairman Rajender Sharma said.
Sharma added that wholesale prices of Onion have come down to Rs. 25-45 per kg, tomato to Rs. 20-45 per kg and potato at Rs. 10-25 per kg.
"Prices would further cool down in the coming days as rains have stopped and supplies are gradually increasing," he said.
Tomato supplies are on the rise from Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, while onion supples have also improved especially from neighbouring state of Rajasthan, traders said.
They added that potato from Punjab and Uttar Pradesh has also started coming to wholesale markets in the national capital.
As per government data, onion was being sold at Rs. 100 per kg in Aizwal, Rs. 90 per kg in Dimapur and Rs. 80 per kg in Hisar. It was cheapest Rs. 35 per kg in Bhopal. The average for 57 cities was Rs. 50 per kg.
Tomato was costliest at Rs. 80 per kg in Jammu, Ludhiana and Portblair, and cheapest at Rs. 21 per kg in Dharwad. The data put price of tomato in Delhi at Rs. 60 per kg and of Onion at Rs. 65 per kg.