India: Tomato prices crash in Chennai market

Prices of tomatoes in Chennai have crashed to Rs 20 a kg -for some varieties- from Rs 160 a kg two months ago. M. Thyagarajan, president of the Koyambedu Wholesale Tomato Traders Association, said: “We are receiving about 650 tons of tomatoes every day, against just 200 tons in November. But, if prices go down further, it will directly affect the farmers.”

Prices of most vegetables have started falling, expect for carrots, which sell at Rs 120 a kg in some neighbourhood markets. Onion prices remain in the range of Rs 40 to Rs 44 a kg. The wholesale market at Koyambedu is seeing a rise in supply with 4,500 tons of vegetables coming in daily from different parts of Tamil Nadu and neighbouring Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.

Carrots continue to be dear as against the daily demand of 56,000 kg, the city and suburbs get less than 28,000 kg.

[ Rs 100 = €1.20 ]


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