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Tomato prices likely to normalise in 10 days

Once supply is restored from rain hit states, prices will come down.
NEW DELHI: The prices of tomatoes are likely to normalise in next 10 days when supply from two major tomato growing states Maharshtra and Karnataka gets regular after disruption due to incessant rains during last few weeks. The prices of tomatoes have climbed to Rs 80 a kg in last few days burning pockets of consumers.

The ministry of consumer affairs, which keeps a check on prices of commodities, has asked all tomato producing states including Maharashtra, Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh to ensure regular supply of tomatoes - the supply of which has been hit due to incessant rains in Maharashtra and Karnataka. An inter ministerial meeting chaired by consumer affairs secretary was held on Thursday to take stock on the rising prices of this vegetable.

“Once supply is restored from rain hit states, prices will come down. Tomato producing states have been regularly advised to interact with APMCs, traders and transporters to ensure regular supply,” said a senior consumer affairs official.

The government has also asked Safal, which operates 400 retail vegetable and fruits stores in Delhi-NCR to provide Tomato puree from all its outlets in Delhi at Rs. 25 per 200 gram pack which is equivalent to about 800 grams of Tomatoes.

“Another larger pack of 825 grams will also be made available which is equivalent to about 2.5 Kgs of Tomatoes. The sale will begin from Friday,” the official said.
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