• The Centre on Wednesday announced additional steps to lessen the burden on the average person as tomato prices skyrocketed.
  • For distribution in key consumption centers, the consumer affairs ministry has instructed cooperatives like Nafed and NCCF to purchase tomatoes from Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Maharashtra.
  • In the Delhi-NCR area, where prices have been over Rs 100 for several weeks, tomatoes would be distributed through retail outlets at a reduced price following the procurement, the ministry informed.
  • National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation (NAFED) and National Cooperative Consumers Federation (NCCF) will undertake the procurement of tomatoes.
  • According to the ministry, the cities where tomatoes will be distributed have been identified on the basis of the absolute increase in retail prices over the past one month, where the cost is above the all-India average.In several regions of the country, including Delhi, the retail price of tomatoes has reached up to Rs 200 per kilogram due to the nonstop rain.

  • The prices of other vegetables have also stabilized, in addition to tomatoes.
  • According to statistics kept by the ministry, the average retail price of tomatoes throughout all of India was 104.38 rupees per kilogram on Monday, with the highest price reported being Rs 200 per kilogram in Swai Madhopur and the lowest being Rs 31 per kilogram in Churu in Rajasthan.
  • Though in various amounts, tomatoes are virtually always grown in all of India’s states.
  • The southern and western areas of India produce the most, accounting for 56–58% of the nation’s total output.
  • Due to their surpluses, the southern and western areas supply food to other markets.

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