KARACHI: Despite the arrival of Iranian tomato in the local market, retailers in the city are earning a windfall...
Aamir Shafaat Khan
However, many consumers feel that the price of tomatoes is still too high.
A representative of wholesalers asks citizens not to buy tomato to break the monopoly of a few traders.
The government had initially issued permits for importing 4,500 tonnes of Iranian tomatoes last week.
Many retailers have also increased the per kilogram price of onion to Rs90-100 from Rs80 per kg.
Reduction in rates of two essential edibles is likely to provide some relief to inflation-hit consumers.
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City govt has quoted Saturday’s consumer price of Rs199 per kg for tomato.
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"I see more joblessness in case the sales slowdown continues in the next two to three months," says Paapam chairman.
Biscuits, juices and packaged milk are also set to become more expensive.
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Car sales plunge by 39.4 per cent to 31,107 units compared to 51,221 units in the same period last year.
Retailers had already increased prices to Rs80 per kg ahead of Ashura (Sept 10) from Rs60 per kg.
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