prices at Vashi range from Rs 20-30 per kg. Prices are much steeper in Delhi, since it gets bulk supplies from distant states like Maharashtra and Karnataka,” he informed.
“At this time of year, tomato is chiefly available in Maharashtra and Karnataka only. Since loading and transportation to faraway markets
like Delhi takes several days and rainfall reduces the shelf life, prices usually rise in June-July,” he observed.
According to agri ministry estimates, production is expected to jump nearly 8 per cent from 19 million tonnes (mt) in 2018-19 to 20.6 mt in 2019-20.
Meanwhile, the tomato-based food processing industry is slowly witnessing an uptick in institutional demand for products like ketchup, etc, with the gradual opening up of hotels and restaurants.
“Institutional demand for tomato-based processed food is still low, but is rising. However, household demand for these products continues to be robust,” said Kushal Arora, MD of Meerut-based Arora Foods.
Besides, major food processing units also have a ready inventory of both raw and processed tomato to suffice for 3-4 months, to insulate from any abrupt demand-supply situation that may arise.