Tomato Prices are Raising Red Hot all over India

Tomato prices in India are skyrocketing, causing financial strain for consumers. Adverse weather conditions, including heavy rainfall, extreme heat, and crop damage, have led to a limited supply of tomatoes, driving up prices across the country.  

Wholesale and retail markets have both witnessed significant increases in prices, with retail prices averaging between ₹25 to ₹41 per kilogram and some locations reporting maximum prices as high as ₹80-113 per kilogram. Major cities like Delhi, Bangalore, and Kolkata are particularly affected by this recurring seasonal phenomenon. 

According to data from the Department of Consumer Affairs, the average price of tomatoes across India on June 27 was ₹46 per kilogram, with a modal price of ₹50 per kilogram and the highest recorded price reaching ₹122 per kilogram. In cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Chennai, the retail prices of tomatoes are respectively ₹60, ₹42, ₹75, and ₹67 per kilogram. Other cities such as Bengaluru, Jammu, Lucknow, Shimla, Bhubaneshwar, and Raipur have reported varying prices as well, with Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh) and Kolar, Bellary (Karnataka) recording the highest price of ₹122 per kilogram. 

The Consumer Affairs Secretary, Rohit Kumar Singh, assures that the surge in tomato prices is a temporary issue caused by transportation disruptions due to sudden rains. He explains that this is a recurring occurrence during this time of the year, and prices usually stabilize as the vegetable supply improves.

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