Chennai tomato pricier than petrol, as costly as chicken

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Tomato is being sold in Chennai for Rs. 160 per kg. Hyderabad, on the other hand, is hardly getting vegetable stock.

Chennai: The prices of tomatoes and other vegetables are skyrocketing in Tamil Nadu. Due to the damage to the crop after incessant rains, less quantity of vegetables is reaching the mandis or mandis.

Tomato which is an essential ingredient for all cuisines as well as basic food items but low arrivals of stock amid strong demand is pushing up the selling price everyday.

Tomato in Chennai is being sold for Rs. 160 per kg. Hyderabad, on the other hand, is hardly getting vegetable stock.

Wholesale price of Tomato in Chennai is above Rs. 110 per kg.

In Chennai, one kg of shredded chicken is being sold for Rs. 160 per kg, while a liter of petrol is being sold for just over Rs. 100.

Most of the tomato cultivation in Andhra Pradesh is done in 58,000 hectares. But the biggest producers – Chittoor and Anantapur districts of Andhra Pradesh – are the worst affected by the floods. Vegetable supplies are now mostly coming from Solapur in Maharashtra and Chikbullapur in Karnataka.

According to reports, farmers across Tamil Nadu have suffered crop losses of at least 50,000 hectares due to heavy rains and floods last week.

With no price easing, the Tamil Nadu government has decided to buy 15 metric tonnes (MT) of tomatoes from cooperatives and sell it to consumers in the market.

Not only tomatoes, other vegetables including capsicum and onion have also gained momentum.

First published:November 25, 2021, 6:40 pm

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