NEW DELHI: Whether it is tomato soup that you love or creamy butter chicken, be prepared to have your pockets lightened considerably. The price of tomatoes in Delhi’s retail market has skyrocketed to Rs 100 per kg and there is no respite expected for at least another two weeks.
A strike called by various associations of the Azadpur mandi on Friday may lead to a further spike in prices. Tomato vendors at the mandi have been sitting on protest against unauthorised occupation of their sheds for the past five days and are demanding the sacking of the agricultural produce marketing committee’s secretary.
“There is a massive shortage of tomatoes in the country due to heavy rain in several areas. On Monday , the Azadpur market received about 20% of its daily demand with a little less than 200 tonnes arriving from Himachal Pradesh. We don’t see the situation improving in the near future,” said Anil Malhotra, general secretary of Azadpur vegetable traders’ body.
Another member of the association said about 20% of the reduced supply of the vegetable was rotten. The tomato supply start ed falling about a month back, a trader told TOI.
“Tomatoes rot in the rainy weather, so the reduction in supply is nothing new.However, last year Himachal growers did not get the desired price for their produce and hence sowed less crop this time.They grew about 40% of what they grew last year. Production also fell in Bangalore. At present, Delhi is only getting tomatoes from Himachal,” he said.