Prices for tomatoes, which had crashed to Rs 1-2 per kg in May, are now at Rs 40-50 a kg. Cauliflower, French beans, green peas and capsicum have risen 25%-30% in the past month in the Delhi and Mumbai’s wholesale markets as heavy rain has hit output, traders said.
“There is a drop in supply of tomato from Himachal Pradesh and Karnataka to the Delhi mandi. Farmers have planted less area under the crop as prices had crashed in May and they were unable to get even the input cost. Further, heavy rains have destroyed the crops in some parts of the country,” Ashok Kaushik, past president, Tomato Association of Azadpur mandi.
Supplies of tomato from Maharashtra and Karnataka to Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala have also been disrupted, after heavy rains in June after cyclone Nisarga destroyed the crop, said Vegetable Growers Association of India president Sriram Gadhave. “Farmers have replanted the seeds and we can expect prices to remain firm for the next one month,” he said.
[ Rs100 = €1.20 ]