Tomato Production Became Trouble For Farmers, Cost Of Rs 6 And Price Of 3

Tomato, which sold up to Rs 30 per kg till May, is currently being sold at retail at Rs 12 per kg in the market.
Tomato Production Became Trouble For Farmers, Cost Of Rs 6 And Price Of 3
Tomato, which has seen a price of Rs 70-80 per kg this year, has now reached the rate of shells.

New Delhi: Tomato, which has seen a price of Rs 70-80 per kg this year, has now reached the rate of shells. Seeing the income half the cost, the farmers are red with anger and are throwing their crops in the garbage.

This time due to favorable weather, the farmers of Andhra Pradesh have produced a bumper of tomatoes. This led to a sudden drop in prices.

Tomato, which sold up to Rs 30 per kg till May, is currently being sold at retail at Rs 12 per kg in the market. However, middlemen are offering farmers only Rs 3 per kg. Due to this, they are doing a lot of damage and they were forced to throw tomatoes.

Loss of more than half

A farmer based in Nandigama, Andhra Pradesh said that because of the demand for tomatoes this year, he had planted a crop of 5 acres, from which 60 kg of tomatoes is being produced daily. He told that the cost of tomato per kilogram comes to Rs.6, but only Rs.3 is being offered to him in the market. On top of this, there is also the cost of transportation. We are not earning even half of our cost. So now he has decided to feed tomatoes to his cattle.

Selling tomatoes directly to customers

Many farmers are also refusing to sell their tomatoes because of not getting the right price in the market and throwing it in the garbage to protest. Some farmers have started setting up stalls on their own to get a solution to this problem.

With this, they are getting a good price for their tomatoes by selling them directly to the consumers. However, by doing this, farmers will be able to sell only a small part of the total produce to the customers.

Prices will increase from October

Agriculture officials say that seeing such a condition of tomatoes, many farmers are stopping growing the crop, due to which its arrival will decrease in the coming time and prices will start showing a jump again. He said that the festive season is starting in October, after which the demand for tomatoes will pick up. In such a situation, due to the fall in arrivals, a sharp jump in its prices is possible.

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