LAHORE – Various people took to social media to call for a tomato boycott after prices of the vegetable have been skyrocketing for the past few weeks, being sold at Rs250 per kilogram in various parts of the country.
Consumers told the media that authorities have failed to keep a check on the prices which vary between Rs150 to Rs250 for tomatoes and Rs80 to Rs100 for onions.
The tomato price skyrocketed on the first day of Eid-ul-Azha and now its price ranges from Rs160 to Rs250 in different parts of Karachi and many other cities.
Social media activists came up with the idea of repeating the boycott campaign as the sky-high prices profoundly perturbed the citizens.
Some people are sharing posts requesting people to refrain from buying tomatoes from Tuesday to Thursday (Sept 28), while a large number of other people want it to be extended to a whole week, until Sunday (Oct 1).
The tomato boycott campaign, just like fruit boycott, has spread out from Karachi into other cities as well, as sellers continue to charge consumers at their whim amid lack of monitoring from the price regulators, while, the government does not seem to be fazed by the troubles faced by the citizens.
The citizens have been urged to use yogurt in curries instead of tomatoes.
— saba (@123Sabaaa) September 26, 2017
ان دنوں اگر آپ ٹماٹر کے دام سے بے خبر ہیں تو مان لیں کہ
آپ پر گھر کی کوئی ذمہ داری عائد نہیں۔۔
— Taimour Shah (@TaimourShah8) September 25, 2017
— azim ikram zai (@quintocent) September 24, 2017