Tomato Prices Sky Rocket, Government Banking on New Crops

Tomato prices went up by Rs 20 per kg a month ago.

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Buying tomatoes will now be a costly affair. (Photo: Reuters)

After onions and pulses, tomato prices have now hit the roof with the rates rising by 50 percent in just about a month to Rs 62 a kg in Delhi, even as the government said a moderation was likely soon with new crops.

While the tomato prices have gone up in other parts of the country as well, the Food and Consumer Affairs Ministry said in a statement that a high-level meeting has been scheduled on Wednesday to review the availability and prices of essential commodities and consider measures to be taken.

Tomato prices have increased to Rs 62 per kg in Delhi from Rs 41 per kg a month ago. Average prices of tomatoes across major cities have risen to Rs 50/kg from Rs 30 a month ago.

“There is a moderate increase in prices during September- December due to demand supply mismatch,” the statement further said.

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