Madhya Pradesh in India actually had a bumper crop of the fruit this year, so much so that farmers were dumping tomatoes on roads about a month ago. But tomatoes are now off-season there and heavy rains have damaged crops in some key areas that are currently producing them. The price of tomatoes has risen so much in India that armed guards have been deployed to protect shipments of them.
The shortage this month has seen prices nearly double in various parts of the country to about 100 rupees ($1.55, £1.19) per kg, "severely pinching the pocket of the common man"
Tomatoes are a staple used in many Indian dishes.
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