There is huge demand for tomatoes in the market and the price has crossed Rs 80 a kg.
The steep fluctuation of prices in a crop whose consumption and cultivation cycles are well documented speaks volumes about the patchy intervention measures taken over the years.
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.
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Volatile prices of tomatoes at the Madanapalle and Palamaneru markets are giving farmers the jitters.
With soaring lemon prices, an essential to beat summer heat, now tomatoes have become costly with a kilo costing Rs 75-80 in retail.
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Tomatoes, one of the essential vegetables, are being sold at throwaway prices at vegetable markets and rythu bazaars across Hyderabad.
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.
Good yield and increase in arrivals from various sources lead to slump in demand