Bangalore: Consumers are relieved by falling tomato prices; supplies from other states have increased

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Highlights

  • Heavy rains in tomato growing districts around Bengaluru resulted in high prices
  • Areas bordering Tamil Nadu, Chikkaballapur and Kolar faced heavy rainfall resulting in shortage of tomatoes
  • A 15 kg box of tomatoes was sold for Rs 3,100 but now it is sold for Rs 400-600

Bangalore: On Saturday, tomato prices in the city were between Rs 50-70 per kg, which is a significant drop from Rs 110-130. Due to heavy rainfall and reduced supply, tomato prices have skyrocketed in Bengaluru to Rs 130 per kg five days ago. Due to an increase in supply from all states, tomato prices have fallen.

A few days ago, a 15 kg box of tomatoes was sold at Rs 3,100 but now it is sold at Rs 400-600, the India time reported.

Falling tomato prices should give consumers some relief as gasoline and diesel prices are already high, resulting in high prices for everything.

According to a report in YOU, heavy rains in the tomato growing districts around Bangalore had resulted in high prices. The bordering regions of Tamil Nadu, Chikkaballapur and Kolar faced heavy rainfall, which resulted in a shortage of tomatoes. The price of a 15kg box of tomatoes was around Rs 3000, due to a lower supply. Traders have been seen auctioning their tomatoes in a video that has gone viral. Farmers in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, saw the video and started supplying tomatoes to Bengaluru, hoping to get higher prices for their tomatoes. Gradually, supply demands were met and retail prices for tomatoes declined.

Tomato prices in several metropolitan cities have skyrocketed, raising concerns among people. From Rs 80 per kilo to Rs 100, the prices of tomatoes had risen due to the incessant rainfall in the south of the country.

The wholesale price of tomatoes in the Kolar market in Karnataka has increased from Rs Rs 50 to Rs 90 per kilogram.

Due to the supply crisis, tomato prices in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Mumbai, Chennai, New Delhi and Uttar Pradesh have been affected. Apparently, the Kolar market was only able to contribute 10 percent of its initial supply.


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