Retail tomato prices further rose to Rs 70 per kg on Sunday in the national capital due to tight supply of the key kitchen staple during the lean period, a trade report said.
Prices have firmed up Rs 10 per kg on a weekly basis since June 1, not only in the unorganised retail markets in Delhi, but also at Safal retail vegetable outlets of Mother Dairy and etailers Bigbasket and Grofers.
Bigbasket was selling tomatoes in the range of Rs 60-66 per kg and Grofers at Rs Rs 53-55 per kg on Sunday.
In the unorganised markets, tomatoes were available around Rs 70 per kg depending on the quality and locality, traders said.
They said prices are ruling high even in the wholesale mandis where arrivals are not robust in the last few weeks from the producing states.
Traders also mentioned that rise in COVID-19 cases in producing states of Southern India has restricted harvesting of the crop in some pockets.
The Union Consumer Affairs Ministry data shows a sharp increase in prices of tomato not only in Delhi but also in the neighbouring states.
Last week, Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said the price volatility in tomatoes was due to lean season and the commodity being highly perishable.
Experts said prices of tomatoes normally shoot up during the lean period and the last five year’s data show the same trend.
Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Jammu and Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh are the states with deficit tomato production in the country. They depend on surplus producing states for supplies.
The country produces about 19.73 million tonnes of tomato annually, while the consumption is about 11.51 million tonnes, as per the official data.