Meanwhile, in the Madanapalle market of Chittoor district, the price of a kilo of tomato is quoted at Rs 56. Traders say this is the highest price in the last four years. Wholesale traders, on the other hand, say that the number of loads of tomatoes coming into the Kurnool market has dropped drastically. Only 42 lorries arrived on Wednesday. With this, each box of tomatoes sold for Rs.500 to Rs.700.
Tomato production in many districts has declined sharply due to the recent rains. Traders in the area are buying tomatoes from neighboring states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. As a result, tomato loads from these states to Kurnool, Chittoor and Coimbatore markets in Karnataka have come down sharply. On the other hand, traders are happy with the good price of tomatoes even in the off-season. But, the farmers are being deceived at the hands of the middlemen as usual. Buyers, however, are baffled by the price of tomatoes.