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Prices of tomatoes soar across Pakistan.

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Prices of tomatoes soar across Pakistan.

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With India suspending trade with Pakistan in the wake of the Pulwama attack, prices of tomatoes have risen drastically across Pakistan.

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Shotlist:   LAHORE , PAKISTAN  (FEBRUARY 21, 2019)   (VNA  – ACCESS ALL)

    CUSTOMER STANDING AT GREEN GROCER STALL

   
STALL OWNER WEIGHING VEGETABLES

    VARIOUS OF TOMATOES ON DISPLAY

    VEGETABLES ON DISPLAY

    (SOUNDBITE) (Punjabi) LAHORE GREEN GROCER,  WAQAS AHMED, SAYING:
    “The tomato harvest is coming. After around two months, our own tomatoes will come (to the market). Tomatoes used to come fromIindia, but they have stopped. So the prices of tomatoes have gone up.”

 

(ISLAMABAD , PAKISTAN)  (FEBRUARY 21, 2019)   (VNA  – ACCESS ALL)

    VARIOUS OF VEGETABLES ON DISPLAY

    TOMATOES

    (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) GREEN GROCER, MOHAMMAD KHALID SAYING:
    “After a month or two, our tomatoes will come, and then we will have plenty of tomatoes. And the prices will also come down. Nowadays, we are having tensions with India, and the border has closed, so the prices of tomatoes have gone up. But India should not be under any misapprehension about not sending tomatoes. Our tomatoes are of a much better quality than Indian tomatoes. After about a month we will have our own tomatoes , and then we will have no use for the Indian ones.”

    TOMATOES ON DISPLAY

    (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) CUSTOMER AT VEGETABLE STALL,  AMJID RAFIQ, SAYING:
    “The Indians are using their tomatoes, and sending some to us also. They have such a big harvest. Why can’t we do that?”

    VEGETABLES ON DISPLAY

 

STORY:  Shortly after 40 Indian soldiers were killed in an attack in Pulwama In Indian Jammu and Kashmir last week ,  tomato farmers in Madhya Pradesh in India threatened  to ban the export of tomatoes to Pakistan in reaction to the attack.

 

There are 5,000 farmers who are involved in tomato cultivation in the region.

 

With the tomato season delayed by the current rainy spell in Pakistan, the prices of tomatoes immediately skyrocketed across Pakistan with the stoppage of the Indian product.

 

Tomatoes that were around Rs. 100 per kg, have gone up to Rs. 180 per kg almost overnight.

 

Customers were dismayed by the price hike, but most people were optimistic that within a month, when local tomatoes ripen, the market would have no use for the Indian ones.

 

“The tomato harvest is coming. After around two months, our own tomatoes will come (to the market). Tomatoes used to come from India, but they have stopped. So the prices of tomatoes have gone up,” said a Lahore green grocer Waqas Ahmed.

 

“After a month or two, our tomatoes will come, and then we will have plenty of tomatoes. And the prices will also come down. Nowadays, we are having tensions with India, and the border has closed, so the prices of tomatoes have gone up. But India should not be under any misapprehension about not sending tomatoes. Our tomatoes are of a much better quality than Indian tomatoes. After about a month we will have our own tomatoes , and then we will have no use for the Indian ones,” said Mohammad Khalid, a green grocer from Islamabad.

 

Others suggested that the government, as well as agriculturists, should take steps to put an end to the dependence on vegetables from the neighbouring country that has always used it as a tool against Pakistan.

 

“The Indians are using their tomatoes, and sending some to us also. They have such a big harvest. Why can’t we do that?” .said Amjid Rafiq

 

Tomatoes are a very vital ingredients in Pakistani dishes, especially curries. So a dearth of the  vegetable in the market is often very distressing for house wives.

However, cooking experts suggest using tamarind, yogurt or prunes as alternatives for tomatoes in dishes.

 

Pakistan is the biggest importer of Indian tomato with annual imports of over 2 lakh tonnes.

 

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Sheree Sardar ( TNN Islamabad).

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