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Tomato prices skyrocket to Rs 80 per kg in some cities

PTI     July 26, 2014

Tomato prices have soared up to Rs 80 per kg in some parts of the country after a substantial drop in supply from key producing states.

The average price of tomato, monitored by the Consumer Affairs Department, in 59 cities, however, stood at Rs 60 per kg.

The vegetable is selling at Rs 80 per kg in Gurgaon and Port Blair.

Tomato is available at Rs 75 per kg in Patna and Indore, while it is selling at Rs 70 per kg in Kolkata and Rs 65 per kg in Guwahati.

The other major cities which have witnessed a rise in tomato prices are Delhi, Karnal, Raipur, Panaji, Ahmedabad, Ranchi, Hyderabad and Bhubaneswar. The key kitchen ingredient is available at Rs 60 per kg in these cities.

Meanwhile, prices of tomato at Mother Dairy's Safal outlets are stable and it has not increased prices from last two days. Tomatoes are available at Rs 55 per kg at its outlets in the national capital region.

Tomato Merchants Association President at Azadpur Mandi Darshanlal Arora attributed the rise in prices to substantial drop in supplies from the northern part and high prices in other supplying regions in anticipation of drought.

"There is a steep fall in supplies from Himachal Pradesh this year which is the major supplier of tomatoes to northern part of the country. Besides this, the prices from another key suppling stations Nashik and Bangalore are higher compared to last year in anticipation of drought."

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