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Amid Tomato crisis, buying tomatoes at 'Rs. 10 per kg is like a dream come true for people'

News Agencies | Updated on: 4 August 2017, 12:58 IST

As tomatoes' retail price is at Rs 90-100 a kg, Congress workers on 4 August sold tomatoes outside Uttar Pradesh Assembly charging Rs. 10 for every kg.

Earlier on 2 August, with the crazy price hike for tomatoes in the country at the moment, which has resulted in several thefts, the Congress in Lucknow has come up with a novel idea to help locals and farmers protect their precious vegetable: A tomato bank!

Amid the protest launched against Central Government over the recent hike in tomato prices, the Congress on 2 August opened one-of-its-own-kind 'State Bank of Tomato' in Lucknow.

The bank lets its customers enjoy all the basic banking facilities, the only difference being, everything is related to tomatoes.

Customers of the bank can get Fixed Deposit (FD) on tomatoes, lockers as well as facility of loans on the same.

A long queue of customers was seen outside the bank here, while people saying that due to the fear of tomatoes getting stolen from their houses, they have brought their tomatoes to deposit in the bank.

Not just this, with tomato prices skyrocketing, it has become important in the whole sale vegetable market of Madhya Pradesh's Indore city, to guard the pricey vegetable.

It has been reported that in the wake of soaring tomato prices, cases of theft in the vegetable market of Indore have cropped up and has created tension amongst the sellers.

However, it is not only Indore, as similar incidents of tomatoes being stolen have been reported from other parts of the nation as well.

Approximately 300 kilograms of tomatoes were stolen from the vegetable market in Mumbai's Dahisar earlier this week on 20 July. The tomatoes were worth Rs 70,000.

Reportedly, the police have registered a case in the regard and are investigating the matter. 


First published: 4 August 2017, 12:58 IST