The government has allowed import of tomatoes from Iran for a period of one month to arrest the skyrocketing prices of the vegetable in domestic market. The government believes that new crop of tomatoes and onion will reach the market in next two to three weeks from Sindh. In the meanwhile, imports from Iran will help fill the gap to some extent.
The tomato price shot up owing to a combination of ill-timed government policies and bad weather, which caused disruption in supply of tomatoes across the country since October. Moreover, tomato prices across the region have shot up due to heavy rains last month.