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Tomatoes could be Rs 100/kg in next few days as lockdowns, bad weather, fuel rate hit markets

Labourers unloading sacks of onion in Azadpur mandi in Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
(Representational image) Labourers unloading sacks of onion in Azadpur mandi in Delhi | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

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New Delhi: The lockdown imposed in several cities, coupled with unfavourable weather and rising fuel prices, has affected vegetable supply, leading to a steep rise in prices.

Traders in wholesale mandis have told ThePrint that prices of most vegetables are likely to remain above Rs 50/kg for the next few days.

With the lockdown imposed in parts of major onion and tomato producing states such as Maharashtra and Karnataka, prices of these two kitchen staples are expected to rise substantially.

Mintu Chauhan, a tomato wholesaler in Delhi’s Azadpur mandi, told ThePrint, “Price of tomatoes across Delhi could rise. The wholesale rate of this vegetable from Karnataka and Himachal Pradesh is already at Rs 40-50/kg. This rate doubles in the retail market.

“Prices had already increased since the arrival of tomatoes from Himachal Pradesh and Haryana were affected. While the early monsoon in Himachal Pradesh had hampered tomato production, farmers in Haryana destroyed their tomato produce due to low prices, ” he added.

Chauhan also said the season of tomato production in Himachal Pradesh and Haryana was almost over and they were now expecting a new crop from Karnataka, a major tomato producer, to cool off prices.

“The lockdown in Bengaluru is likely to cause a further shortage of tomato supply and the prices may go well beyond Rs 100/kg in retail markets in Delhi and its nearby states,” said Chauhan.

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