NCCEF Announces Import of Nearly 5 Tons of Tomatoes from Nepal to Alleviate Prices in Uttar Pradesh

NCCEF Announces Import of Nearly 5 Tons of Tomatoes from Nepal to Alleviate Prices in Uttar Pradesh

In a move aimed at curbing escalating tomato prices, the National Cooperative Consumers’ Federation (NCCEF) stated on Wednesday that around five tons of tomatoes imported from neighboring Nepal will soon arrive in India. Starting from Thursday, these tomatoes will be sold in Uttar Pradesh at an affordable rate of ₹50 per kilogram.

The Indian National Cooperative Consumers’ Federation (NCCEF) has entered into a contract for the import of 10 tons of tomatoes from Nepal.

Apart from importing tomatoes, NCCEF, in collaboration with the central government, is also procuring domestically grown tomatoes to be sold at subsidized rates, providing relief to consumers from high prices. The initiative to regulate tomato sales is being undertaken under the directive of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs.

Enis Joseph Chandra, Managing Director of NCCEF, conveyed to PTI, “We have procured a contract for the import of 10 tons of tomatoes from Nepal. Out of this, around 3-4 tons have already been distributed in Uttar Pradesh. Approximately 5 tons of tomatoes are still in transit, and they will be sold at subsidized rates in Uttar Pradesh starting tomorrow.”

He further stated that imported tomatoes cannot be sold in other parts of India as their shelf life is limited. Both imported and locally procured tomatoes are being sold through established brick-and-mortar stores as well as mobile vans at selected locations in Uttar Pradesh.

Enis Joseph Chandra explained that tomatoes purchased from the major producing states in India, such as Delhi-NCR and Rajasthan, are being sold at a subsidized rate of ₹50 per kilogram.

When questioned about the import of tomatoes from Nepal, Chandra stated, “The import from Nepal will be carried out in a systematic manner as the arrival of domestic produce has begun in some states’ markets. He mentioned that fresh tomato arrivals in Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh have started in wholesale markets, causing prices to decrease.”

As per government figures, the average all-India wholesale price of tomatoes decreased to ₹88.22 per kilogram on August 15, down from ₹97.56 per kilogram a month earlier. Similarly, the average all-India retail price of tomatoes decreased to ₹107.87 per kilogram, down from ₹118.7 per kilogram a month earlier. It’s worth noting that heavy rains in major procurement centers have contributed to the pressure on tomato prices.

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