“Half a dozen armed guards to keep the toma­toes safe par­tic­u­larly when they are be­ing un­loaded from trucks.

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS -

The price of toma­toes has risen so much in In­dia that armed guards have been de­ployed to pro­tect ship­ments of them in one state.

The Hin­dus­tan Times on Sun­day cited a whole­saler at a mar­ket in the city of In­dore, in Mad­hya Pradesh state, say­ing that the se­cu­rity of toma­toes was of “con­sid­er­able con­cern” be­cause of their “sky­rock­et­ing” prices.

The whole­saler said the ad­min­is­tra­tors of the Devi Ahilya Bai Holker mar­ket had ap­pointed half a dozen armed guards to keep the toma­toes safe - par­tic­u­larly when they are be­ing un­loaded from trucks.

There have been re­ports else­where in the coun­try this month of thieves mak­ing off with tonnes of toma­toes worth thou­sands of ru­pees.

Mad­hya Pradesh ac­tu­ally had a bumper crop of the fruit this year, so much so that farm­ers were dump­ing toma­toes on roads about a month ago.

But toma­toes are now off­sea­son there and heavy rains have dam­aged crops in some key ar­eas that are cur­rently pro­duc­ing them.

The short­age this month has seen prices nearly dou­ble in var­i­ous parts of the coun­try to about 100 ru­pees ($1.55, £1.19) per kg, “se­verely pinch­ing the pocket of the com­mon man”, The In­dian Ex­press re­ports

One com­men­ta­tor in the In­dia To­day web­site warns that “onions are known to tum­ble gov­ern­ments” in In­dia, and says that toma­toes - a sta­ple used in many dishes as well - must be giv­ing cur­rent politi­cians “sim­i­lar night­mares.” Culled from BBC

Pho­tos: In­dia TV/Getty Im­ages

A hike in the price of toma­toes is mak­ing life hard for many.

Thieves have stolen tonnes of toma­toes in In­dia this month.

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