In Kurnool, less arrivals to the market led to the abnormal increase in the tomato price.
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.
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.
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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.
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
In Chennai, retail price of tomato was at Rs 100 per kg, Puducherry Rs 90 per kg, Bengalure Rs 88 per kg and Hyderabad Rs 65 per kg.
People are replacing tomatoes with tamarind in curries due to the high prices of the red fruit, a key ingredient in Indian curries.
Earlier in October, floods and heavy rains led to the increase in vegetable prices due to lack of transportation.
The low yield in neighbouring Telangana and Maharashtra due to heavy rains there have led to good demand for the produce from Kurnool.
A trader from Tiruchy wholesale market said that being a staple, tomatoes are sought after throughout the year and due to a shortage in supply, prices will remain high for a few more days.
In fact, the wholesale prices of tomato in 23 growing centres out of 31 monitored by the government were down by 50 per cent from the year-ago period or below three-year seasonal average.