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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 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 sales figure.''

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 dishes again.

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