Tomato Prices Crash To Rs 4/Kg Amid Supply Glut In Most Growing States


The costs of greens like tomato and onion have elevated within the metropolis’s wholesale and retail markets, owing to crop damages in Karnataka and Maharashtra resulting from heavy rainfall and excessive gasoline charges, vegetable merchants mentioned on Tuesday.

They mentioned the value rise within the wholesale charges of greens was between Rs 10 and Rs 15 per kg; whereas in retail market, it was round Rs 15-20 per kg.

Vegetable merchants indicated that these consumables could get dearer in coming weeks if comparable state of affairs continues.

Ramesh Sahu, a vegetable dealer in Laxmi Nagar, mentioned there was an increase within the charges of tomato and onion.

“Now, tomato prices are ranging between Rs 50 and Rs 55 per kg, while it earlier used to be at around Rs 40 per kg. Similarly, onion prices have also been hiked and now, it is around Rs 50 per kg which used to be sold earlier at around Rs 35-40 per kg,” Sahu mentioned.

He mentioned that it was due to a rise in wholesale costs.

A vegetable vendor in Greater Kailash-1, Monu Paswan, mentioned good-quality tomatos had been being bought at Rs 55-60 per kg whereas the charges of onion had been round Rs 50-55 per kg.

“The rates have increased in past one week because of less supply. We are purchasing vegetables at higher rates in wholesale markets so the ripple effect is seen in retail markets as well,” Paswan mentioned.

S P Gupta, chairman of Ghazipur Wholesale Vegetable and Fruit Market, mentioned wholesale costs of staple greens similar to onion and tomato have elevated by about Rs 10-15 per kg because of the lack of provide of those greens.

He mentioned that many of the onion and tomato come to the nationwide capital from Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka.

“Due to heavy rains in Karnataka and Maharashtra, crops of onion and tomato got damaged there. It resulted in reduction in supply, hence the rates have increased.

“Now, wholesale worth of onion is at round Rs 40 per kg, whereas the speed of tomato is Rs 900 per crate weighing 25 kg,” Gupta told PTI.

He added that normally, wholesale prices of onion used to be around Rs 20-25 per kg at the Ghazipur mandi. Similarly, the wholesale rates of tomato used to be in the range of Rs 16-Rs 20 per kg which are now Rs 35-36 per kg, he said.

Gupta further said that currently, onion is primarily being supplied in Delhi from Indore.

A wholesale trader in Okhla Mandi, Haji Yamin said the rates of tomato and onion have increased by about Rs 20 per kg.

He said that earlier, the wholesale prices of onion in Okhla Mandi were at around Rs 20 per kg, which have now been doubled.

Another trader at Okhla Mandi, Mohammad Ibrar, said that similar was the situation with tomato as it is now being sold at a wholesale price of Rs 30-40 per kg, while earlier its price was Rs 15-20 per kg.

Traders also said that apart from rains in southern Indian states, the rise in fuel prices was also making vegetables dearer due to enhanced transportation cost.

Yamin said that due to rains in southern Indian states, crops got damaged; so, rates of those items have increased here. But, this is not the sole reason behind this state of affair.

“Due to rising charges of gasoline costs, particularly diesel, the price of transportation of greens have gone up. So, coupled with the scarcity in provide, the improved transportation value is now exhibiting its affect by making greens dearer in wholesale in addition to retail markets,” he mentioned.

(PTI)

 




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