Tomato,Onion Prices will slash soon, says Centre

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New Delhi,November 18: Terming the rise in prices of tomatoes and onions as "temporary", the government today said that the rates would ease soon with arrival of new crops and improvement in supply from rain-hit southern States.

A high-level meeting is scheduled today to review the availability and prices of essential commodities and consider measures to be taken.

Tomato prices have increased to Rs. 62 per kg in Delhi from Rs. 41 per kg a month ago. Average price of tomatoes across major cities have risen to Rs. 50/kg from Rs. 30 a month ago.

"Marginal increase in the prices of onions in the past week and in the prices of tomatoes is largely on account of disruption of supplies from southern States which have witnessed severe, unprecedented rainfall over the last one week.

"These increases are expected to be temporary and normal supplies should resume soon. The arrivals of the new crops of tomatoes are expected to ease prices", an official statement said.

The Centre said it is closely monitoring the supply and prices of essential commodities in view of pressure on rates of essential food items due to supply-demand mismatch and adverse climatic conditions in last few days.

The government said that onion prices have increased to Rs. 37.52 per kg from Rs. 36.82 a week ago. Similarly, tomatoes are being sold at Rs. 43.18 per kg from Rs. 35.23 a week ago.

Among pulses, arhar dal prices have risen to Rs. 151.67 per kg from Rs. 149.91 while urad dal rates have gone up to Rs. 141.47/kg from Rs. 137.06 a week ago, the statement said.

The government has said it continues to take strong measures to enhance availability of pulses to check prices.

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