Local production from Semiliguda, Nandapur, Lamataput, Pottangi and Koraput blocks has also been hit due to high temperature this year.
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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Several farmers crushed tomato plants using tractors as the price dropped to Rs 5 per kilogram. The retail price is Rs 10 per kilogram in Tiruppur district.
According to Tamil Nadu Farmers Association (Tiruppur) vice president SR Madhusoodan, many farmers had not set up pandals, despite being aware of its advantages.
A resident of Velachery, V Gouri, lamented about spending nearly Rs 1,000 on vegetables that too only for a week.
Abdul Khader, secretary of Koyambedu Vegetable Wholesale Merchants’ Association, said vegetables like brinjal and ladies finger are also selling above Rs 100 at the market.
The Madanapalle market in Chittoor, and Pathikonda, Pyapili and Adoni markets in Kurnool, had witnessed a steep rise in the prices of tomatoes to a record Rs 150 a kg just a week ago.
When the petition, filed by the Thanthai Periyar Tomato Traders Welfare Association, came up for hearing before Justice R Suresh Kumar,
Crop damage and low yield mean tomato farmers get little benefit from the high prices of the staple
While the Uzhavar Sandhai price stood at Rs 70-75 per kg, in Coimbatore, tomato retailed at Rs 120 on Thursday, November 25.
Due to scarcity of tomatoes in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, demand for local tomatoes from Vantimamidi has further increased.
The more than 110% week-on-week increase has been attributed to the torrential rains in and around Madanapalle, which led to a shortfall of the vegetable.
As heavy rains continued to batter several parts of the State, the vendors are predicting that the prices might increase further in the coming days.
The tomato price touched Rs 98 per one kilo in November 2016. Less arrivals to the market reportedly due to change in climatic conditions have resulted in the price rise of tomatoes.