Current tomato prices 63% higher vis-à-vis last year
New Delhi, Nov. 26 (Delhi Crown): Amid rises tomato prices, fresh arrivals from North-Indian states will start from the beginning of December, which will add to availability and lead to fall in prices, said an official statement from the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution on Friday (Nov. 26).
It further stated that in December tomatoes arrival is expected to be at par with last year.
The all-India average retail price of tomato has been on the rise from September-end due to unseasonal rains in Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh which led to crop damage and delay in arrival from these sates.
Delayed arrivals from the north-Indian states was followed by heavy rains in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka which disrupted the supply and also resulted in crop damage.
“As on Nov. 25, the all-India average price of tomato was Rs. 67 per kg which is 63% higher than that of last year. Tomato price is highly volatile as slight disruptions in supply chain or damage due to heavy rains results in spurt in prices,” said the ministry’s statement.
As per the Department of Agriculture, the estimated Kharif production in the current year at 69.52 LMT is comparable with 70.12 lakh metric tonnes produced last year. Arrivals in November this year were only 19.62 lakh metric tonnes compared to 21.32 lakh metric tonnes last year.