Tomatoes to be retailed at Rs 50 per kg in Delhi-NCR
New Delhi : In light of the reduction in wholesale tomato prices, the Department of Consumer Affairs (DOCA) has instructed the National Cooperative Consumers’ Federation of India (NCCF) and the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED) to make tomatoes available to consumers at a retail price of Rs 50 per kilogram, effective from August 15, 2023.
As of August 13, 2023, both the agencies have collectively acquired 1.5 million kilograms of tomatoes, steadily channeling them to retail customers across key consumption hubs nationwide. These focal points encompass Delhi-NCR, as well as regions such as Jaipur and Kota in Rajasthan, Lucknow, Kanpur, Varanasi, and Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh, and Patna, Muzaffarpur, Arrah, and Buxar in Bihar.
Initially NCCF and NAFED acquired the tomatoes for a fixed price of Rs 90 per kilogram, first dropping to Rs 80 per kilogram was on July 16, 2023, and subsequently decreasing further to Rs 70 per kilogram starting from July 20, 2023. The most recent markdown to Rs 50 per kilogram will provide additional advantages to consumers.
Southern And Western Regions Contribute About 60% Of Total Production
Tomatoes are produced across nearly every state in India, with approximately 60% of the country's total production originating from the southern and western regions. The surplus yield from these areas serves to maintain a consistent tomato supply to other regions within India.
The primary states responsible for significant tomato production in the country include Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat, Odisha, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, and Tamil Nadu. Collectively, these states contribute to 91% of the overall tomato production in the country.