Tomato costs rise to Rs 60-70/kg in most cities; Paswan says because of lean interval

New Delhi, July 9

As retail costs of tomato surged to Rs 60-70 per kg in virtually all massive cities, Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Thursday stated the worth volatility was because of lean manufacturing season and excessive perishability of the commodity.                      

According to the ministry’s newest information, retail tomato costs have elevated to Rs 60 per kg in metro cities besides Chennai on Thursday from round Rs 20 per kg a month in the past. In some locations, the kitchen staple was being bought at Rs 70-80 per kg.                         

Tomato was accessible at Rs 70 per kg in Gurgaon, Gangtok, Siliguri and Raipur, whereas at Rs 80 per kg in Gorakhpur, Kota and Dimapur.              

In producing states too, costs have been ruling agency at Rs 37 per kg in Hyderabad, Rs 40 per kg in Chennai and Rs 46 per kg in Bengaluru, the information confirmed.

Asked about rising costs, Paswan stated: “Normally, prices of tomato remain high during July to September due to the lean period. The price volatility is more due to perishability of the commodity.”          

The costs will come to a traditional stage as soon as the availability improves, he added.                         

Experts additionally stated costs of tomato usually shoot up in the course of the lean interval and the final 5 12 months’s information present the identical pattern.                    

Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Jammu and Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh are states with deficit tomato manufacturing within the nation. They rely on surplus producing states for provides.                       

The nation produces about 19.73 million tonnes of tomato yearly, whereas the consumption is about 11.51 million tonnes, as per the official information. PTI

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