Reportedly Mother D airy will sell tomatoes at Rs 55 per kg or below through its Safal retail outlets across the national capital region to provide relief to consumers, the government said on Friday after reviewing the prices of essential commodities. Presently tomatoes are available at Rs 60-80 per kg in the Delhi-NCR market. Leading milk supplier Mother Dairy also sells fruits and vegetables through it’s over 400 Safal outlets across Delhi-NCR.
An official statement said an inter-ministerial committee held a meeting under the chairmanship of the consumer affairs secretary to review the price and availability situation of onions, tomatoes and pulses. It added "Mother Dairy has agreed to sell Tomatoes at not more than Rs 55 per kilogram. Mother Dairy/Safal was also advised to consider repacking the tomato puree packets of 800 grams that are available with them into smaller packets of 100/200 grams for wider consumption and retailing at all their outlets".
Moreover in the meeting, it was informed that a sufficient supply of tomato puree is available for retail. Perhaps the official in the agriculture ministry informed the meeting that tomatoes rates have normalized in most states and the arrivals from Madhya Pradesh have begun which will have an immediate easing impact on prices. The statement said "Delhi government representatives were requested to ensure that adequate personnel are deputed at loading sources to ensure that there is no rejection on arrival so as to facilitate a constant and healthy supply for retailing”.