Tomato prices soar to 70 a kilo in Delhi as rain damages crops in states

About 10 days ago, traders said tomatoes were selling for around 40 per kilogram across retail markets in Delhi
Traders blamed the unseasonal rainfall in large parts of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh for the price rise. (HT Archive)
Traders blamed the unseasonal rainfall in large parts of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh for the price rise. (HT Archive)
Updated on Oct 14, 2021 04:13 AM IST
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By HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Tomato prices in retail markets of Delhi have shot up to 70 per kilogram, a spike which traders attributed to excess and slightly unseasonal rainfall in large parts of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, which are the two main tomato-producing states in the country.

Tomato prices have witnessed an increase across metro cities, traders said.
Tomato prices have witnessed an increase across metro cities, traders said.

Tomato prices in retail markets of Delhi have shot up to 70 per kilogram, a spike which traders attributed to excess and slightly unseasonal rainfall in large parts of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, which are the two main tomato-producing states in the country.

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“The price was going up since the start of October. Then the festive season began and it further shot up. The wholesale rate has gone up and that is reflected in the retail rate as well,” said Ankit Kumar, a retail vegetable vendor in south Delhi’s Mehrauli Market.

About 10 days ago, traders said tomatoes were selling for around 40 per kilogram across retail markets in Delhi.

“On October 1, we were purchasing tomatoes for 2,000 per quintal, which works out to 20 per kilogram. The rate has almost doubled now. The supply is tighter,” said Iqbal Rafi, a wholesale vendor in the agricultural produce market in Okhla.

“Unseasonal rain in tomato-producing states such as Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra have damaged crops due to which the supply to consumer markets like Delhi has been affected. This has led to a rise in prices,” said Ashok Kaushik, president of tomato traders’ association in Azadpur market.

Tomato prices have witnessed an increase across metro cities, traders said.

Among the metros, the maximum increase in the retail price of tomato was in Kolkata where the produce was as costly as 72 per kilo on October 12, as compared to 38 per kilo a month ago. In Delhi and Chennai, retail prices of tomatoes increased to 57 per kilo from 30 per kilo and 20 per kilo, respectively, a month ago, according to data compiled by the Union consumer affairs ministry. In Mumbai, retail tomato prices rose to 53 per kilo from 15 per kilo a month ago, the data showed.

Data from Azadpur Mandi shows that the average arrival price of tomato has increased by 90% in just a month — it is 26.59 /kilo between the 1st and 12th of October as compared to 13.95/kilo in September. However, the average daily arrival quantity has fallen by around 15% in October, traders said.

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