People are facing a hard time in the season as tomatoes in the district are being sold for Rs 40-Rs 60 per kg in retail for the past few weeks.
The Wholesale Vegetable Market Association of Karachi said the federal government has restricted the import to a few people instead of allowing a free import by any trader.
The recent rains in Karnataka, Andhra and Tamil Nadu are to be blamed for the short supply of Onions and Tomatoes in Koyambedu Bhaskar.
According to official data, the inflation rate of vegetable soared to 15 per cent in September and vegetable prices at retail shops doubled.
The thieves did not touch other vegetables like cauliflower and cabbage.
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.
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.
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.