In the city, tomatoes are now selling for Rs. 50 per kilogram as compared to Rs. 10 per kilogram a month ago.
Several districts from across the state supply tomatoes to the city markets, including Ranga Reddy, Sangareddy, Vikarabad, and Yadadri Bhuvangiri.
According to farmers, the increase in price is the result of the scorching summer damaging the crops.
“Although there is water available, the crop is still suffering damage from the hot summer sun. As a result, the yield is comparatively low,” said Mahesh, a farmer from Shamshabad mandal.
In the first week of April, the price at the Rythu Bazaar was Rs. 10 to Rs. 12 a kilogram, and it gradually climbed to Rs. 40 by the end of the month.
The price has increased from Rs. 50 to Rs. 60 a kilogram since the first week of May. There is a shortage of supply therefore prices are going up, said Mohd Jahangir, a hotelier from Mailardevpally.
There will be no change in price for the next few weeks. The heat has caused farmers to sow seeds now. Avinash, a trader at Shamshabad vegetable market said, “If it rains we can expect some respite from the high prices, otherwise the prices will continue to remain high.”
The supply at the Bowenpally, Monda Market, Shamshabad Market, and Gudimalkapur markets are affected, department officials said. As a result of the summer, fewer produce items are brought to the market. An official said that arrivals have dropped by almost 40 per cent.
Besides the price of tomatoes, the prices of lemons are expected to remain high throughout the entirety of summer. By the end of the summer season, the prices will likely be back to normal.
Aside from the hikes in petrol and diesel prices, the price hikes of vegetables are making life difficult for citizens.
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