Consumers left exasperated by tomato price rise
Tomato prices have again skyrocketed, causing extreme inconvenience to the middle class again.
Madhu Patel, a resident of Ahmedabad told ANI, "Earlier tomato prices used to be Rs.20 per kilo, but now it has shot up to Rs. 80 per kilo. Tomatoes are used in preparing almost all vegetable items. We expect the prices to come down."
Sapna dattani, a housewife from Rajkot said, "Price rise in vegetables is a big problem for us. Food is the basic need, and even if the prices are high, we have to purchase vegetables. It becomes difficult for us to manage our kitchen budget. In fact, our budget has been destroyed"
ANI also spoke to many vegetable vendors in Raipur on the rise in the prices of tomatoes.
One vendor said, "In last 15 days or so, tomato prices have soared to Rs.1400 a crate from around Rs.700 to Rs. 800 a crate, which works out to be around Rs. 55 to Rs.60 per kilo in terms of wholesale."
He said tomatoes predominantly come from Maharashtra and southern India, but now there is an acute shortage because of a poor monsoon.
A vendor in Raipur said, "Some 15 days back, 14-15 trucks of tomatoes used to come from Nasik and Bangalore daily, but now hardly five or six trucks arrive."
Another vendor from Raipur said prices have been marginally dipping.
(Posted on 26-07-2014)