Traders alleged that most farmers divert their yield to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana where they fetch more profit than local markets.
As per the data maintained by the consumer affairs ministry, retail tomato prices are ruling between Rs 50 and 106 per kg in several locations.
People make a beeline to Rythu Bazaars to buy fruit at Rs 65 a kg
Spiralling prices may even reach Rs 150 per kg; fresh arrivals in June second week may stabilise market, say officials
In Kurnool, less arrivals to the market led to the abnormal increase in the tomato price.
State Agriculture department to sell fruit at economical prices through rythu bazaars across the State from today.
Farmers and traders are attributing the increase in prices to crop damage due to the torrid summer and though water is available, the yield is less due to hot summer days.
The prices have been on a decline for three weeks now, and traders said it will continue to be so for at least a month due to the continued rise in the arrival of vegetables to the market.
However, the prices of some other vegetables continues to rise with brinjal being sold at Rs 90 kg at the wholesale market and ladies finger between Rs 60-80.
Tomato prices are ruling high since September-end in most retail markets of the country but there has been a sharp rise is southern states of late due to continuous rains.
In bid to bring down soaring prices, HC allows temporary parking for tomato traders at Koyambedu market
However, Justice Suresh Kumar stressed that retail trade is not allowed on the space allotted for unloading the commodity and if this is violated, the access will be denied.
In the case of onions, retail prices have substantially subsided below to the level that prevailed in 2020 and also 2019, the government said on Friday.
Prices have risen 142 per cent as on November 25 and will remain elevated for two more months till harvest from Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan starts.
However, another section of traders said the claim of Thanthai Periyar Tomato Traders Welfare Association of bringing down the prices to Rs 40 per kg is not possible given the prevailing conditions
Due to scarcity of tomatoes in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, demand for local tomatoes from Vantimamidi has further increased.