A rise in the price of tomatoes has disturbed the budgets of families in the city. The price of tomatoes has almost doubled in the retail market in the past one week, from Rs 40 per kg to Rs 70-80 per kg.
Officials from the agricultural marketing department said per quintal (100 kg) wholesale prices of tomatoes stood at Rs 1,407 in January this year but dipped to Rs 758 in May.
“The prices have again shot up to Rs 1,400 per quintal in June. There was a decrease in the prices in February to Rs 1,092, Rs 1,012 in March and Rs 849 in April. The price declined in April as the local crop came in the markets in the summer. But now the season of the local crop is over. The last produce of the local crop comes in May-end and June. With the stock of local tomatoes gone from the market, the price of the vegetable has gone up again. But this price rise will be checked soon,” said Roop Singh, senior inspector, agriculture marketing department, Ghaziabad.
The sudden increase in the prices of tomatoes has left residents worried.
“Just a week ago, the price of 1 kg tomato was Rs 40. Nowadays, the price has shot up to Rs 70 per kg and above. This has affected our kitchen budget badly,” said Sangeeta Sharma, a resident of Ahimsa Khand in Indirapuram.
Since tomato is one of the major ingredients for everyday food, residents said they will have to look for alternatives.
“As we are Jains, we do not eat onions. All our food is cooked in tomato gravy. But now we will have to look for alternatives such as tomato puree. This way we can decrease the consumption of tomatoes till their prices come down,” said Sunita Jain, a resident of Vasundhara Sector-5.
Local farmers, meanwhile, said more crops, mostly grown in poly houses, will arrive in the market by July and bring down the prices.
“The prices were down from November 2015 to June this year. Now, they have suddenly increased. This is due to the fact that the production of local crop has ended. Now, the crop grown in poly houses will arrive,” said Devendra Tyagi, a farmer from Morta village.