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Prices of Tomato & Ginger Reach Record Highs in Just Two Weeks

Ensuring a stable supply of essential kitchen items like tomato, ginger at reasonable prices is crucial for maintaining food security and affordability for all sections of society.

Shivam Dwivedi
Prices of Tomato & Ginger Reach Record Highs in Just Two Weeks( Photo Source: Pixabay)
Prices of Tomato & Ginger Reach Record Highs in Just Two Weeks( Photo Source: Pixabay)

Over the past two weeks, consumers have experienced a sharp increase in the prices of essential kitchen items such as tomatoes, ginger, and melon seeds. Several factors, including unseasonal rains and supply disruptions, have contributed to the surge in prices, causing concern among both consumers and traders.

Tomato crops in northern India have been significantly impacted by unseasonal rains, leading to a decline in supply. As a result, the retail price of tomatoes has risen from Rs 40 per kilogram to approximately Rs 80 per kilogram in just a fortnight. Ashok Kaushik, the president of the Tomato Traders Association at the Azadpur market in Delhi, explained that the supply of tomatoes to the market has dwindled, and prices are expected to remain firm until the arrival of the new crop. Additionally, the high demand for tomatoes from southern India has further driven up prices.

Similarly, ginger prices have witnessed a notable increase, rising from Rs 30 to Rs 40 per 100 grams. This surge in prices is attributed to ginger farmers strategically holding back their crop to recover from the losses they faced last year when prices were considerably lower. Shriram Gadhave, president of the All India Vegetable Growers Association, highlighted that farmers are carefully managing their supply to take advantage of the current price rise.

Moreover, the price of melon seeds, commonly known as char magaz, has tripled due to supply constraints caused by armed conflict in Sudan, which is one of the major importing countries. Traders in Delhi revealed that the price of one kilogram of char magaz has skyrocketed from Rs 300 to Rs 900 as the supply from Sudan has significantly decreased. This situation has affected the availability of the popular ingredient in local markets.

It is important to note that these price hikes have raised concerns among consumers who rely on these kitchen essentials for their daily cooking needs. The increased prices may put a strain on household budgets, prompting individuals to seek alternative ingredients or reduce consumption.

While the prices of tomatoes and ginger are expected to remain high for the foreseeable future, traders and farmers are cautiously monitoring market conditions. The arrival of new tomato crops and the strategic offloading of ginger stocks by farmers may help stabilize prices in the coming months. Additionally, efforts to diversify the sources of tomato supply, including parts of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, would help alleviate the pressure on prices.

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