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Tomato, cucumber prices soar as supply drops

mumbai Updated: Jan 18, 2011 02:17 IST
Pooja Domadia

After the rise in onion prices, other vegetables have also become dearer in Mumbai. Prices of tomatoes and cucumber have seen a surge in the retail markets in the city.

While tomatoes are being sold for up to Rs 60 per kg, an increase of Rs 20 from January 7, cucumber prices have also risen by Rs 20 in the same period and are at Rs 40 per kg.

"Prices have increased due to shortage of tomatoes. They will remain high until the new stock comes in next month," said Rajeshkumar Gupta, a retail vendor in Dadar.

Retailers are blaming a drop in stock for the price fluctuation.

"It is a normal supply-demand trend. Since the stocks are less, prices have increased and the reverse will happen once the stocks are in," said Dilipkumar Vaishya, a retailer.

"Tomatoes are a very basic vegetable used in almost every preparation. It is getting difficult by the day to tolerate soaring vegetable prices," said homemaker Varsha Kamdar.

However, even as buyers and retailers were rattled by high prices, some vegetables like
the ladies finger and onion showed a dip in rates at the APMC wholesale market in Vashi.

But the price of ladies finger was unchanged in the retail market. Vegetables like cauliflower, cabbage and methi have also seen a decrease in prices.