Navi Mumbai: Tomato prices touch Rs 100 per kg in retail, traders say no respite for next 20 days

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With a sharp drop in the arrival of tomatoes at the wholesale market, the retail price of one of the important ingredients of the kitchen has skyrocketed. The price of tomatoes has touched Rs 100 per kg in many parts of the city and traders say that there will be no respite for at least the next 20 days.

Even prices of other green vegetables have doubled in the retail market as crops have been damaged due to unseasonal rain in vegetables growing areas.

Shankar Pingle, director of the Vegetable market at Agriculture Produce Market (APMC) in Vashi says that the poor supply pushed the price to tomatoes. “The dip in supply began in September end and due to unseasonal rains in many parts of the state made the situation worse,” said Pingle. He added that the arrival of new crops will take at least 20 days and till then there will no respite.

According to traders, the supply has dipped by 40 to 50 percent dip. “There was a poor yield due to excess rainfall in September and due to unseasonal rainfall, the sowing of new crops was also delayed,” said another trader from APMC.

FPJ had reported on October 12 about the possible scarcity of tomatoes and its further price rise.

At present, the premium quality tomato is commanding Rs 100 per kg. However, lesser quality is available between Rs 50 to Rs 70 per kg. But the shelf life is very low as crops were damaged.

“We had a fear that tomato prices may rise further during and post the festival season. Now, other states too are facing scarcity of tomato and there is very least possibility of arrival from other states,” said Bhalchandra Patil, another trader.

Mumbai, including Navi Mumbai, needs around 300 tons of tomatoes every day, and the majority of the demand is met from Nashik and Satara. At present, the market is receiving about 100 tons of tomatoes per day.

Meanwhile, the prices of green and leafy vegetables have soared in the market. According to traders, the reason is again the unseasonal rainfall in vegetable growing areas in the state, especially Nasik, Pune and Satara. Brinjal and cauliflower which was being available around Rs 40 per kg have now reached Rs 80 per kg. Even leafy vegetables like spinach and methi are available at Rs 20 to Rs 30 bunch.

“Winter is known for good availability of green vegetables. It seems that this year, there is a race among vegetables to touch Rs 100 per kg,” said Nisha Sunil, a Vashi resident.

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Published on: Tuesday, November 23, 2021, 10:45 PM IST