The Hush Post: Prices of kitchen staples, onions and tomatoes, are expected to cool down in retail markets in next 15-20 days with the arrival of fresh crop, according to Agriculture Secretary S K Pattanayak. The “temporary problem” will definitely improve, he told PTI. As per the trade data, onion and tomato prices are ruling in the range of Rs 70-80 per kg in the retail market across the country. “In another 15-20 days, it will be fine,” Pattanayak said.
The new tomato crop has been sown and that will be harvested soon, he said, adding that increased arrival will cool down the prices in both wholesale and retail markets. Once arrival begins, prices will come down. Tomato arrival from Nashik as well as Bangaluru region is gathering pace. Planting of onion in Maharashtra, the leading producer, is quite good. Both onion and tomato production has been affected due to unseasonal rains and dry spells in some parts of the country.