The National Cooperative Consumer Federation of India Limited (NCCF) has signed a contract to import 10 tonnes of tomatoes from Nepal.
About five tonnes of tomatoes imported from neighboring Nepal will soon reach India and will be retailed in Uttar Pradesh from Thursday at a subsidized rate of Rs 50 per kg, cooperative body NCCF said on Wednesday.
NCCF is importing domestic procurement of tomatoes on behalf of the Central Government and retailing them at subsidized rates to provide relief to consumers from high prices. The intervention in the retail sale of tomatoes is being done on the instructions of the Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs.
NCCF Managing Director Anis Joseph Chandra told PTI, “We have contracted to import 10 tonnes of tomatoes from Nepal. Out of this, 3-4 tonnes were distributed in Uttar Pradesh yesterday. About 5 tonnes of tomatoes are on the way and will be retailed tomorrow at subsidized rates in Uttar Pradesh.
He added that imported tomatoes cannot be sold in other parts of India as it has a short shelf life. In Uttar Pradesh, both imported and locally procured tomatoes are being sold through mobile vans along with stationary shops at select locations.
He said that tomatoes procured from major producing states of the country in Delhi-NCR and Rajasthan are being sold at a concessional rate of Rs 50 per kg.