Rising tomato prices leave consumers in a pretty pickle

If it was the tomato growers who bore the brunt of Covid lockdown in late March-April experiencing complications in harvesting and internet marketing their deliver, it is now the switch of consumers.

Rates of tomatoes have risen sharply to in excess of ₹50 a kg, as from ₹20-thirty a few of months ago, in consuming centres as provides have shrunk from the critical making areas — generally Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and pieces of Maharashtra.

In Kolar, the biggest tomato supplying region in the nation now, modal prices have tripled in excess of the earlier one particular month.

“Consumers should really thank their stars that the accommodations and places to eat are not working now. In any other case, the prices would have hit ₹100 a kg presently,” explained Ashok Kaushik, President of Tomato Association, Azadpur Mandi in Delhi.

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