Due to falling tomato prices, farmers hardly get 2 rupees per kg, cheap than mineral water

Gandhinagar, 13 May 2021
Tomatoes are cultivated on 50,000 hectares in December and March-April. In April, tomato prices began to decline in Gujarat. Gujarat has 10 to 14 lakh tonnes of tomato crop in both seasons. Currently, 4 lakh tonnes of tomatoes are harvested in the mall. One hectare produces 29 tonnes of tomatoes with 435 tonnes of water. Thus 15 liters of water is used to produce one kilo of tomatoes. Tomatoes contain about 90 percent water. Thus tomatoes contain more pure water than mineral water.
The Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers said in a statement issued on May 10 that the government would provide Rs 2,250 crore for the horticulture sector. Because this help will help increase income. Since that day, prices of fruits and vegetables have started falling in Gujarat.
On the same day, many vegetable growers dumped several tractor trolleys of their tomatoes into the field. This is due to continued losses due to lockdown.
As soon as tomato income started in the country in April, the price of carat (25 kg) tomatoes was 200–300 rupees and now it is 30–60 rupees. Because farm markets are closed. Farmers cannot take it to the market by truck or tractor. So it has to be thrown away. Kanto has to start a tractor in the field.
Tomatoes have to be sold for Rs 1-2 per kg. Which is a loss business. A 25 kg carat costs 130 rupees. Now you can get 20 to 50 carats. At the rate of 600 acres per acre, 80 thousand rupees should have been earned. He was supposed to get Rs 1.50 lakh.
During 2019-20, the highest production of horticulture sector in the country was 320.77 million tonnes in 25.66 million hectares of land. The country grows 20 million metric tons of tomatoes on 8 lakh hectares. Every person in the country eats 14–15 kg of tomatoes a year.
If a farmer barely gets 2 kg of tomato, it is sold for Rs 20 per kg in cities like Ahmedabad and Surat. The government has not learned a lesson from the losses suffered by farmers in last year’s lockout.