Mother Dairy puree to tackle tomato prices

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New Delhi: The Cen­tre on Thurs­day di­rected state-run Mother Dairy to sell tomato puree from Fri­day through its 400-odd Safal out­lets in the na­tional cap­i­tal as prices of the veg­etable crossed Rs 80 a kg amid short sup­ply.

The de­ci­sion was taken at an in­ter-min­is­te­rial meet­ing, which re­viewed the price and sup­ply sit­u­a­tion of tomato. The con­sumer af­fairs min­istry said Safal has agreed to pro­vide tomato puree at Rs 25 per 200 gm pack which is equiv­a­lent to about 800 gm of toma­toes. An­other larger pack worth 825 gm cost­ing Rs 85 will also be made avail­able.

This is equiv­a­lent to about 2.5 kg of toma­toes. “The stocks have al­ready been moved to all the out­lets and the sales will be­gin from Fri­day,” the min­istry said.

The min­istry also claimed that the prices will fall in 10 days when sup­ply from two ma­jor tomato-grow­ing states— Ma­harsh­tra and Kar­nataka— gets reg­u­lar af­ter dis­rup­tion due to inces­sant rains dur­ing last few weeks. The prices of toma­toes have climbed to Rs 80 a kg in last few days.

The min­istry has also asked all tomato-pro­duc­ing states in­clud­ing Ma­ha­rash­tra, Kar­nataka, Hi­machal Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh to en­sure reg­u­lar sup­ply.

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