Tomato prices across several states in the country have witnessed a rapid price hike over the past few weeks. This has led to a higher burden on households. Along with that public is already dealing with high fuel and gas prices.
The rise in tomato prices is particularly worrying as it has crossed Rs 100 per kilo. This is much higher than the all-India average tomato price of Rs 54 per kilo at the beginning of November 2021.
The price rise has been greater in southern states. The vegetable prices in southern states have gone up by an average of 40 per cent. This is due to extensive crop damage caused by the recent rains. Tomato prices have skyrocketed in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and many other states.
The kitchen staple is retailing at nearly Rs 160 per kilo in Chennai, followed by Rs 130 per kilo in parts of Andhra Pradesh and in the range of Rs 90-120 in Karnataka.
In many parts of Maharashtra, including Mumbai, the price of tomato has jumped sharply to Rs 100 per kilo. A similar hike has been seen across Delhi-NCR, where the wholesale price of tomatoes has climbed to Rs 70 per kilo.