In view of rising prices of tomatoes which has crossed 60 per KG in some parts of the country including Delhi, consumer affairs secretary AK Srivastava on Friday chaired an inter-ministerial meeting to augment supplies.

The government's move comes after it banned exports of onions and put stock limits on traders to bring down rising prices of the essential kitchen ingredient.

The representatives of Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare informed that supply has been hit due to incessant rains in Maharashtra and Karnataka and it will normalize in the next 10 days as monsoon rains are already receding.

To mitigate the shortfall in availability of tomatoes in Delhi, Safal has agreed to provide Tomato puree from all its outlets in Delhi at 25 per 200 gram pack which is equivalent to about 800 grams of Tomatoes. "Another larger pack worth 825 grams worth Rs. 85 will also be made available which is equivalent to about 2.5 Kgs of Tomatoes. The stocks have already been moved to all the outlets and the sales will begin from tomorrow (11th October, 2019) onwards at all booths," a statement from consumer affairs ministry said.

The department will request tomato producing states to facilitate augmenting the supply to states in their regions which are in short supply to improve availability and moderate prices. "Tomato producing States have been regularly advised to interact with APMCs, Traders and Transporters to ensure regular supply. The same is being reiterated to 4 major Tomato producing States namely, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh so that prices normalize and supply is augmented immediately," the statement said.

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