Kendrapara, March 3 (LocalWire): The fate of a large number of tomato growers of Kendrapara district and its nearby areas are hanging in the balance due to the fall in the prices of their produce.
For the past three weeks, tomato growers have been resorting to distress sale of tomatoes at Rs. 7 to 10 per kilogram.
The prices started dwindling after new tomatoes arrived in the market last month.
“The tomato growers may find it difficult to recover the cost of inputs if there is no let-up in the prevailing situation.
Tomato was sown by around 50,000 farmers over 40,000 acres in the district giving a yield of about 50 to 60 quintals per acre as the produce fetched Rs. 25 to Rs. 30 per kg in the months of last October to January.
The farmers too grew the tomato expecting decent returns.
The market was thus flooded with the produce. The collapse in the price of the tomato is a matter of concern.
There are apprehensions of the price nose-diving further,” said Padamalav Das, the secretary of the district unit of the All India Krusaka Sabha.
Large numbers of farmers of Derabisi, Mahakalapada, Garadapur, Pattamundai, Aul and Rajkanika and Rajnagar blocks of the district had grown tomatoes.
“I raised tomatoes over my two acres of land by spending Rs. 30,000 on fertilizers, seeds, pesticides and irrigation.
But the crashing of the price of tomatoes has ruined me,” said Murali Sahoo (62) of Marsaghai.