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New Delhi : The Secretary, Department of Consumer Affairs, on October 10, 2019, chaired an inter-ministerial meeting to take stock of the rise in prices of Tomatoes in some parts of the country including Delhi-NCR. The representatives of Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare informed that supply has been hit due to incessant rains in Maharashtra and Karnataka and it will normalise in the next 10 days as monsoon rains are already receding.

To mitigate the shortfall in availability of Tomatoes in Delhi, Safal has agreed to provide Tomato puree from all its outlets in Delhi at Rs 25 per 200 gram pack which is equivalent to about 800 grams of Tomatoes. Another larger pack of 825 grams worth Rs 85 will also be made available which is equivalent to about 2.5 kg of Tomatoes. The stocks have already been moved to all the outlets and the sales will begin from October 11, 2019, onwards at all booths, according to a PIB release.

Tomato producing States will be requested to facilitate augmenting the supply from their respective States to regions which are in short supply including Delhi to improve availability and moderate prices. Tomato producing States have been regularly advised to interact with APMCs, Traders, and Transporters to ensure regular supply. The same is being reiterated to 4 major Tomato producing States namely, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh, and Andhra Pradesh so that prices normalise and supply is augmented immediately.

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