Farmers in tears as tomato price crashes to Rs 1-Rs 3 per kg

Favourable weather conditions giving good harvest and record production brought huge quantity of tomatoes to APMC from Satara, Sangli and Solapur.

pune Updated: Aug 30, 2018 15:25 IST
Shrinivas Deshpande
Shrinivas Deshpande
Hindustan Times, Pune
Farmers,Tomato,Pune
Even as farmers are forced to sell their produce at Rs 1- Rs 3 per kg due to a glut in arrival of the crop, the common man continues to purchase tomatoes at Rs 10- Rs 15 per kg with retailers not providing the benefit to consumers.(HT FILE PHOTO)

Tomato growers in the western Maharashtra are in distress as prices have plummeted to as low as Rs 1- Rs 3 per kg due to a glut in arrival of the crop. Several farmers in the surrounding districts grow tomato as it had fetched good prices in the past, but they are finding it difficult to recover even the input cost because of the prevailing market rates.

However, the common man continues to purchase tomatoes at Rs 10-15 per kg with retailers not providing the benefit to consumers.

Vilas Bhujbal, president of Chhatrapati Shivaji Market Yard, said, “This is the second time after March and April that the prices have hit such a low. Farmers in Satara, Sangli and Solapur districts have grown tomato crop on a large scale this season leading to glut and record low rates.”

Favourable weather conditions giving good harvest and record production brought huge quantity of tomatoes to Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) from Satara, Sangli and Solapur.

With no storage facility in Satara, Sangli and Solapur forcing farmers to sell their crop immediately after harvesting for whatever price available in the market, APMC officers have suggested farmers to take up mixed cultivation of vegetables and avail its financial benefit.

On Wednesday, APMC witnessed the arrival of around 10,000 crates of tomatoes. As a result of reduced rates, cattle owners in the nearby villages have started purchasing a large amount of tomatoes and vegetables to feed their cattle as it was cheaper than fodder.

Satish Suryavanshi, a farmer from Satara district, is worried about harvesting the crop on his remaining two acres. “I have already harvested two acres of tomatoes and sold it at Rs 3 per kg on Tuesday. With the prevalent rate, it will not be profitable to harvest and sell it at the market by spending on the transportation cost.”

First Published: Aug 30, 2018 15:18 IST