Indian Government Initiates Discounted Tomato Sale in Delhi and Other Cities

Indian Government Initiates Discounted Tomato Sale in Delhi and Other Cities

The Indian government is taking measures to address the soaring prices of tomatoes, which have reached over Rs 200 per kilogram in some parts of the country. The Consumer Affairs Ministry has announced that tomatoes will be sold at a 30% discount in retail markets in Delhi and other cities where prices are high. 

The National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation (NAFED) and the National Cooperative Consumers Federation (NCCF) will be responsible for the sale of tomatoes at discounted prices in Delhi-NCR, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and West Bengal. 

The Government decided to sell discounted tomatoes at least 30% cheaper than the prevailing market rate with an aim to provide relief to consumers and hopes that this discounted sale will help stabilize prices. The initiative is expected to continue until the prices cool down, potentially until the first week of the following month. NAFED and NCCF will procure tomatoes from key producing centers in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Maharashtra and sell them in major consumption centers where prices have seen the highest increase in the past month.  

The Department of Consumer Affairs explained that tomato prices have risen due to lean production months (July-August and October-November), compounded by challenges in distribution and transit losses during the monsoon season. Adverse weather conditions and supply chain disruptions also contribute to sudden price spikes. 

In Delhi-NCR, NCCF will distribute tomatoes through its own outlets, mobile vans, as well as at Mother Dairy’s Safal and Kendriya Bhandar outlets. In other cities, both NAFED and NCCF will sell discounted tomatoes either by collaborating with local retailers or through their own outlets. The ministry expects prices to cool down soon as supplies from various regions increase. Tomato production occurs in almost all states in varying quantities, with the southern and western regions contributing the most. 

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