In a span of less than 15 days, their cost increased by almost `15 while its supply in the district dropped by almost half.
The thieves did not touch other vegetables like cauliflower and cabbage.
Half took LactoLycopene supplements and the other half took an identical placebo (dummy pills) every day for 12 weeks.
Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has directed the officials to find a permanent solution to the woes of tomato growers.
Pest attacks in several parts of Andhra Pradesh caused farmers to lose their tomato yields. Compared to them, farmers in Adilabad had better conditions for cultivation.
Food prices index stood at an alarming 5.11 per cent, up from 2.99 per cent in August. The unexpected increase was solely led by a 15.4 per cent jump in vegetable prices.
The Delhi government has also been asked to check hoarding and keep a vigil on border areas for any delay in transportation and take immediate corrective action.
According to traders, tomatoes have turned costlier in the last few days as supplies have been impacted.
Tomatoes in Delhi-NCR have started selling for Rs 40-Rs 60 in retail since the last few days and prices are expected to increase further in the coming days.
According to horticulture officials, half of the tomato produce is still in the fields and the yield will come to the market only if there is any rise in the prices in the coming days.
Supply from other States has been hit due to heavy rains resulting in price rise
Very soon many Indian and overseas kitchens may be deprived of the juicy red Kolar tomatoes.
The state government has asked all agencies concerned to take to crack down on hoardings in a bid to rein in the rates.
The price, to be precise, is currently at a princely Rs 80 per kg in posh societies, while in some other areas, the going rate for the kitchen staple is anywhere between Rs 50 and Rs 60.
After the failure of Odisha's Potato Mission, the Horticulture wing of Odisha Agriculture department has chalked out a plan to extend financial support to farmers growing tomatoes in the state.