The retail price of tomatoes, which reached a maximum of Rs 15 in September in Hosur, now increased to as much as Rs 50. Royakottai Mundi near Hosur is one of the benchmark vegetable markets in Tamil Nadu.
Tomato loads are sent to various places of Tamil Nadu and Kerala from Royakottai market.
The farmers in the villages like Dinnakazhani, Malaisandhu, Bellampalli, Baleguri, Madhepatti, Udhanapalli, Kelamangalam, Denkanikotta, Soolagiri and Agaram are completely involved in tomato cultivation.
Incessant rains in these areas in the past month and low temperatures in the region have hit the tomato crop hard. Farmers are unable to cultivate tomatoes as their lands are wet due to continuous rains.
The supply crunch from Hosur market reflected in Chennai too as the Tomato price increased to Rs 80 a kg in the state capital.
Traders say that if the same situation continues, the price may reach close to Rs 100 in Chennai.
Even today Hosur and surrounding regions witnessed heavy rainfall, increasing chances of further increase in Tomato price.