The retail prices of tomato, an important food ingredient, have increased in many states of the country. The reason being given for this is the shortfall in tomato yield, caused by out of season monsoon in major tomato growing states like Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.
In Mumbai, this price has seen a steep increase from ₹15 to ₹53/kilo
Presently, a kilo of tomatoes costs ₹72 in Kolkata, whereas it was ₹32 just a month ago. In Delhi and Chennai, the retail price of the vegetable jumped to ₹57 from ₹30 and ₹20 per kilogram respectively.
The Azadpur Tomato Organization’s President Ashok Kaushik told PTI on Wednesday that unseasonal rainfall has impacted tomato yields in productive states of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, which has impacted supply to consumer markets such as Delhi. This has caused prices to rise at the wholesale and retail levels.