Tomato prices nosedive in Kota
Tomatoes are now selling for as low as Rs 2.jaipur Updated: Feb 15, 2018 22:32 IST
Tomato prices, which had touched ₹80 a kg a few months ago, plummeted below ₹6 per kg in various markets of the district, leaving farmers worried.
Tomatoes are now selling for as low as Rs 2 to Rs 6 per kg these days in Kota.
“I am selling tomatoes for Rs 1.50 to Rs 3 per kg depending on the quality at the wholesale fruit and vegetable mandi in Kota,” said 28-year-old Naresh Saini of Chhan Miraonda village in Sawai Madhopur district.
He said poor quality of tomatoes is being sold below Re 1 per kg. “I have not been able to recover the cost of cultivation due to the low prices of tomatoes,” said Saini.
Wholesalers at the wholesale fruit and vegetable mandi in Kota Prakash Batwani said that last year tomato prices were around Rs 25 per kg till December and around Rs 80 in July last year. However, at present, the prices are Rs 4 to Rs 8 per kg.
The retail prices of tomato are around Rs 8 to Rs 10 per kg, he said.
Giving reasons for the low prices, he said that tomato production increases in Kota and nearby areas in winter due to which prices come down around this time every year.
“Production of tomatoes in Bundi, Deoli region of Tonk, Kota, Sawai Madhopur and other nearby areas goes up in January-February every year. Due to this, tomato prices drop. But the prices go up during the monsoon season when there is no production of tomatoes locally and it is brought from other states such as Maharashtra and Karnataka,” said Girish Dalwani , a tomato wholesaler.
According to the horticulture department, tomato is cultivated on approximately 3,500 hectares of land in Kota division.