Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: The price of tomatoes, the core ingredient in the kitchen, continues to rise and has touched Rs 100 per kg in the Delhi NCR. The sharp increase in the price is due to acute shortage in the supply due to poor monsoons in India.
The wholesale prices of tomato at Azadpur Mandi are hovering at Rs 45-55 per kg.
The continuous price rise in the basic and essential commodity is causing inconvenience to the middle class people as well as the poor. Also, hoarding of tomatoes by the hoarders in order to sell them at a higher rate is fuelling the suffering of people.
Heavy rains in Himachal Pradesh and the scanty rainfall in Southern parts of the country has also affected the supply, hence, pushing up the prices.
Tomato traders attributed the rise in prices to drop in supplies from northern region and high prices at other supplying regions in anticipation of drought. Prices of tomato in many big cities range from Rs 60 per kg to Rs 100 per kg.
First Published: Sunday, July 27, 2014, 11:39