Farmers Relieved as Tomato Prices Go Up

Ryots in drought-stricken districts of TS are already reeling under water crisis; plummeting tomato prices add to their woes.

Published: 28th March 2016 06:25 AM  |   Last Updated: 28th March 2016 06:25 AM   |  A+A-


KARIMNAGAR:   The town witnessed an ironic situation on March 23 when youngsters purchased cartons of tomatoes to celebrate Holi. These tomatoes, however, were not meant for consumption as food item but to be thrown on people as they came for as cheap as Rs 2.50 per kg.

While farmers in the drought-stricken districts of Telangana are already reeling under irrigation-water crisis, the plummeting prices of tomato was an added burden for them.

However, the situation has slightly changed over the past days. The tomato producing farmers and retailers of the district are heaving a sigh of relief as the prices have risen gradually, from Rs 2.50 to Rs 7 per kg.

Over the past 15 days the tomato farmers in the district were a distressed lot as they were not getting even the support price for their produce in the market. Some even distributed the produce to customers free of cost.

Meanwhile, assistant director of marketing D Prakash told Express the production of tomato this year is higher than the demand, and at the same time, imports from other markets are flooding Karimnagar, leading to the plummeting prices.

It may be recalled that last year, tomatoes were sold for as high as Rs 60 per kg and farmers, expecting a similar demand this year too, went ahead for a bumper produce.

According to Horticulture department’s reports, various vegetables and orchard crops had been cultivated in 2,900 hectares in 2015-16. Among them, tomatoes were cultivated in 900 hectares.

Take the case of farmer Katla Srinivas from Tirumalapur in Ramadugu mandal who cultivated tomato in around half acre. However, due to the lack of support price, more than 50 per cent of the produce went to waste. Srinivas is hopeful that the price rise would continue in the ame manner.

Kisan Sangh Calls Upon ryots to Agitate Sangareddy: Bharatiya Kisan Sangh state secretary Dinesh Kulkarni called upon farmers to unite and lead a movement for getting a fair price for their produce. He alleged that farmers are seeking other occupations because of not having support price for their crops. Speaking at a meeting held at Sangareddy on Sunday, he said farmers are incurring huge losses because of not having adequate support price, and therefore, seeking opportunities in other fields. He warned that if this trend continues, there will be food scarcity in the future. He said due to agitation of Kisan Sangh on national level, changes to crop insurance scheme and additional funds were allotted for agriculture in the recent Central Budget. State president Pariyada Anjireddy, secretary Sridharreddy, vice president Narsareddy, union secretary P Narsimha Reddyand others attended.

Demand-supply Mismatch

  • Rs 2.50per kg price of tomato a week ago
  • Rs 7 present price of the vegetable
  • Tomatoes were sold so cheap recently that people bought it to throw at each other on Holi
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