After lemon, tomato is now spoiling the budget of the people. Tomato prices have become rampant in the first week of June, and now people are paying 100 rupees per kilo for this essential thing in the Indian kitchen in Mumbai. According to the news of Money Control, on June 3, tomato is at Rs 80 per kg in the Dadar vegetable market in Mumbai, while in the rest of the city, the price has reached the level of Rs 100.
The remarkable thing is that in Mumbai and Chennai, along with tomatoes, prices of other vegetables are also increasing. According to the Consumer Affairs Ministry data, which came on Wednesday, the tomato was beyond the level of 100 in only four places in the country. And there was no metropolis involved in this. At present, tomato is entirely only in North India.
And the prices in Delhi are almost half the level compared to Mumbai. According to experts, the changing weather is responsible for the rise in tomato prices. At the same time, the Food Secretary had said yesterday that the costs of tomatoes would start softening in the next two weeks; that is, the prices of tomatoes can remain high for the next two weeks.
Changing weather increased prices
In the last month, the average price of tomatoes in the country has increased by 70 per cent to about Rs 54 per kg. It has seen an increase of 168 per cent in the last year. On the other hand, except in Delhi, the prices of tomatoes have remained on the rise all over India.
Tomato prices in Delhi are below Rs 50 per kg. At the same time, the cost of tomatoes in Chennai and Kolkata ranges from Rs 60 to 80 per kg. According to experts, the increase in the prices of tomatoes has increased due to the changing weather.
In April this year itself, the cross had reached remarkably high, which has affected the crops, whereas, at present, rains are being seen in South India, which has affected the supply of tomatoes. In the last month, the prices of tomatoes have more than doubled in many parts of the country.
Prices will come down in two weeks.
After reports of a sharp jump in tomato prices, the Food Secretary said yesterday that the rise in prices in South Indian states would come down in the next two weeks. According to Food Secretary Sudhanshu Pandey, the pre-monsoon rains in these areas have affected the crops, due to which there has been a jump in the prices.
He made it clear that there has been no impact on the production of tomatoes in the country. And there is no problem regarding the availability of the crop. He indicated that the prices are up where the supply of tomatoes is being affected. Tomato prices will come down as soon as the store improves.