India: Onion and tomato prices continue to surge in capital

Despite government measures, New Delhi continues to face surging prices of onions and tomatoes in the range of Rs 60-70/kg  (€0.76-90) in the retail markets. The two kitchen staples are being sold at up to Rs 70 per kg, depending on the quality and locality, as per trade data.

The data maintained by the Consumer Affairs Ministry also showed retail price of onion ruling high at Rs 55/kg and tomato at Rs 53/kg in the national capital region (NCR). The rates have remained high in the last month, even as the government has boosted supplies in the national capital through state-owned Mother Dairy’s Safal outlets and the Nafed and NCCF cooperatives.

Safal, through its 400-odd outlets, is selling onion at Rs. 23.90 per kg and tomato at Rs. 55 per kg to provide relief to consumers from rising prices. The onions are being provided from the government’s buffer stock. The price rise in these two perishable vegetables was due to supply disruption in the wake of heavy rains and floods in the main growing states like Maharasthra and Karnataka.

With the arrival of fresh summer crops, a senior Consumer Affairs Ministry official said the prices of these two commodities are expected to cool down in the coming days.

“The supply to northern parts of the country has been affected. The situation should improve in the next 10 days. There will be some moderation in prices,” the official said. Prices of onion and tomatoes had started moderating but sudden heavy rains in key growing states again put pressure on the supply and retail prices, according to the official.


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