Amid Rising Prices, Centre To Source Tomatoes From Andhra, K’taka, Maharashtra

New Delhi: Amid spiraling prices of tomatoes across the country due to heavy rains in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand from where the bulk of supplies arrive, the Centre has sought procurement of tomatoes from Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra.

Tomato stocks will be distributed through retail outlets at discounted prices to the consumers in Delhi-NCR region by Friday, Consumer Affairs Ministry officials said.

The Ministry has directed the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation (NAFED) and National Cooperative Consumers Federation (NCCF) to immediately procure tomatoes from mandis in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Maharashtra, for simultaneous distribution in major consumption centers where retail prices have recorded the maximum increase in the last one month.

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Currently, the supplies coming to markets in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and some other states are mostly from Maharashtra especially Satara, Narayangaon, and Nashik, which is expected to last till this month-end.

Tomato supplies in Delhi-NCR are mainly from Himachal Pradesh and some also come from Kolar, Karnataka.

New crop arrivals are expected soon from the Nashik district, official sources said.

In addition to this, additional supply is expected to arrive from the Narayangaon and Aurangabad belt.

Madhya Pradesh arrivals are also expected to start.

Prices are anticipated to cool down in the near future accordingly, they added.

Though tomato prices have been high since last month, the Consumer Affairs Ministry had said a few weeks ago that they will stabilize by mid-July, as supplies were expected from Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

However, owing to heavy rain and floods in both states, tomato prices continue to hit the roof, forcing the Centre to source supplies from the southern and western states.

Tomato is produced almost in all the states in India, though in varying quantities. Its maximum production is in southern and western regions of India, which contribute 56 percent to 58 percent of all Indian production.

Southern and western regions being surplus states feed to other markets depending on production seasons.

The production seasons are also different across regions.

The peak harvesting season occurs from December to February. The periods during July-August and October-November are generally the lean production months for tomatoes.

The month of July coinciding with the monsoon season, adds to further challenges related to distribution and increased transit losses, thus leading to price rises.


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