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Costly tomatoes, pulses affecting household budget: Survey
As people have stopped using tomato due to its high price, demand for tomato puree and ketchup have shot up by 40 per cent. A survey by industry body ASSOCHAM has revealed this. The survey also said that people are choosing those food items that do not require tomato to be added into them.

A rise in the price of tomatoes has affected the budgets of families in the city. The survey said that due to rising cost of tomato and pulses, about 78% of households have squeezed families' finances to the lowest level.

As per the recent estimate by the government, in the 2015-16 crop year (July-June) the country's tomato output is pegged at 18.28 million tonne as against 16.38 million tonnes in the previous year.

D.S. Rawat, Secretary general of ASSOCHAM while releasing the findings of the survey said that the rise in pulses price had come as a double-shocker for the denizens. He said that in metros and major cities vegetables are increasingly becoming 'unaffordable'.

Giving reasons behind the rising cost of vegetables and pulses, the industry body said that it was because of tight supply from the major growing states of the south where the rabi crop has been damaged during the flowering stage because of the severe drought.

Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal and Odisha are the major tomato growing states.

In the last one month, the rates have gone through the roof and the key vegetable is being sold at Rs 80-100 per kg by local vegetable vendors depending on the quality and locality, added the ASSOCHAM paper.

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