There is little hope of the public getting relief from the inflation of vegetables. After the price of lemon, now be ready to face the inflation of tomatoes. Large growers of tomatoes have indicated this. The reason for this is an insect attack on the tomato crop. Whose name is Tuta absolute? It has been attacked for the last three years.
This year also, the crop is in its grip. In such a situation, farmers have expressed apprehension about tomatoes becoming expensive. Tomato Price at present, depending on the quality, ranges from Rs 25 to Rs 40 per kg in different cities. If production falls, the price will increase.
It is widely cultivated in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. Even though farmers have estimated its inflation, it is not such a crop that can be stored and kept for a long time. You should be ready to buy it at a high price in such a situation.
What did the farmer say?
All India Vegetable Association President Shriram Gadve said that the fruits get spoiled due to this insect. It is also called an American tomato pinworm. Till now, the solution to this pest has not been found. Once planted in the field, it destroys all the fruits. This time also it has an effect.
In such a situation, there is every possibility of tomatoes becoming expensive. This insect seems to be in any company’s variety. The places where the plantation took place in March-April are also there. So let’s assume that the status of tomatoes will increase again in the next few weeks.
There is a loss for both farmers and consumers.
Tomato is one of the most commonly eaten vegetables. Farmers can earn a good income from its cultivation. But due to the lack of a storage facility, its price fluctuates the most. Sometimes it is sold at the rate of four-five rupees a kg at the difference of the same month, and sometimes it reaches the price of 100 rupees and above.
Sometimes, there is a loss to the farmers and the consumers in such a situation. Because it is a very perishable crop. The weather has not changed a bit, and its effect on the yield has started showing. Due to these reasons, there is not much stability in its price.
Farmers were forced to throw tomatoes on the roadside last year
Maharashtra is one of the significant tomato producers. But, here we have seen many changes in its price in the previous seven-eight months. Last year, due to the devastation caused by floods and excessive rainfall, its cultivation suffered a lot. A similar situation happened in Andhra Pradesh as well.
Due to this, the price increased a lot. Whereas only last year, we have seen farmers are throwing tomatoes on the roadside in Maharashtra’s districts like Nashik and Pune due to non-receipt of prices. Because then the price was getting two rupees a kg.
Vegetables are also expensive because of this.
One of the reasons for the inflation of vegetables this year is the vast increase in diesel prices. Due to the rise in transportation costs, the price of every vegetable is touching the sky. Tomato is being sold in Mumbai for Rs 40 per kg. At the same time, the lemon is from 250 to 300 rupees. However, there is some moderation in onion prices. Farmers are currently being forced to sell onions at Rs 4-5 a kg.