From wholesale to retail, tomato prices in Gurgaon more than doubles: Why the rise in price?
Rainfall gave a big respite to the people from the heat waves, but it had a negative impact on their food. People who cannot live without tomatoes, are the worst affected with this development. Following the bad weather, transport system in Gurgaon got affected the most, which had a trickle down effect on the vegetables of the city. Especially tomato, which is an important ingredient in the Indian kitchen, is the most affected as it can't be stocked. A number of reasons have effected the prices of tomatoes, which as a result has limited the vegetable to a few elite buyers in Gurgaon.
J P Yadav, Arrival & Auction Officer, New
Vegetables Market Committee, Gurgaon
said, ''During the monsoon, the
prices of the vegetables depends on the atmosphere. Today the prices
of tomatoes in the Mandi are Rs 22 per kilogram, but the same
tomatoes are Rs. 80 per kilogram in retail shops in the city. This is
primarily because following the rainy season, the transport system is
disrupted in the city. The vegetables from the wholesale market to
the retail market are not being transported on time. Tomatoes cannot
be kept for a long time as they rot in contact of moisture. Due to
less availability of tomatoes and other vegetables the prices in the
retail market have grown exponentially. This is the reason why these
days the common man is abstaining from purchasing tomatoes".
Alekhya, a resident of Sector 22 said, '' It is very
difficult to purchase tomatoes these days. As of now, we are
abstaining from tomatoes since the prices have gone up. It has gone
out of our budget. You wont believe, but I got 1 kg of tomato from
Okhla at 50 rupees and I am using that as less as I can as my husband
cannot live without tomatoes in our food.''
Garima, resident of New Palam Vihar told Merinews.com
that she is very confused when it comes to cook food because the
prices of the vegetables are rising day by day. She further added, ''
As far as tomatoes are concerned, I try not to include it in my food
these days. I can buy other vegetables in more quantity and in lesser
price that I have to pay for tomatoes."
A-1 Fruits & Vegetables owner (Palam Vihar)
said,'' Rising prices of the tomatoes have impacted our daily sale.
15 days prior, the tomatoes from local areas were sold at Rs 15-20
per kg. But today it is Rs 80 per kg. That is why the consumers have
reduced their consumption capacity. Sometimes they leave the shop
dejected at the high rates of the vegetables, especially tomatoes. If
we look at it, prices are rising for every vegetable, but hopefully
prices would fall and sale would resume in the next few days".
Fruit and Vegetable seller Dhoni, who has his own
shop in Sector 23 market, had the same story to tell. He said,'' The
consumers are not showing much interest in buying tomatoes due to
high rates. With the consumers reducing their purchasing power, our
sale figures have dropped. It can take time in resuming previous
Giving similar views, Shyam also explained his
disappointment regarding the reducing sale per day. He said, ''Due to
price rise, the number of consumers is reducing each day. Sometimes
it is very difficult to recover the loss of the rotten vegetables.
Sales are getting badly affected now-a-days.''
As the monsoon is about to end, it is expected that in the coming
days, the rising prices of the tomatoes along with the vegetables
will come down so that Gurgaonites can have their favourite tomato
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