Tomato at Re 1 per kg, Chitradurga farmers dump produce at roadside – The New Indian Express

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CHITRADURGA/CHALLAKERE: A sharp drop in tomato prices forced farmers to throw away their produce at the tomato market in Chikkammanahalli village of Challakere taluk in Chitradurga district on Friday.

Tomatoes, which were sold at 100 rupees per kg in May this year, saw a sharp drop in prices and traders were unwilling to buy a box of tomatoes containing 15 kg even for 10 rupees. Frustrated farmers dumped tomatoes next to National Highway 150A, then drove tractors over them. The lack of processing units in the region has also affected tomato producers. As tomatoes fetched record prices recently, a large number of farmers in Kallahalli, Torekolammanahalli, Nayakanahatti and other areas had planted the crop. But with good yields and a glut in the market, prices bottomed out.

Maruthesh, a farmer from Kallahalli, said, “I have grown tomatoes on four acres and the yield is good. On Friday I harvested 150 boxes but the traders quoted Rs 10 per box. I decided to throw the tomatoes next to the Bidar-Srirangapatna highway. I was unable to recover my investment and now I am in debt of Rs 4 lakh.

Passers-by on the road, truckers and others were seen stopping and picking tomatoes from the landfill. Another Ravikumar farmer from Kereyagalahalli said, “I took out loans of several hundred thousand euros from banks to grow tomatoes. I don’t even pick the fruit because of the low prices.

Senior Deputy Horticulture Manager, Challakere, Virupakshappa said: “Good quality tomatoes are sold for Rs 60-70 per box which comes to Rs 4.60 per kg, while round ones are sold for Rs 10-15 per, which is just Rs 1 per kilogram. It doesn’t even cover the cost of production. He said,

“On Thursday, the price was around Rs 140 per box. Even at this price, the cost of production is not covered, but at least there was some comfort for the farmers. Chikkammanahalli has the largest tomato market in central Karnataka. Tomatoes grown in Kudligi, Ballari, Molakalmuru, Chitradurga, Hiriyur, Rayadurga, Sira, Challakere and other places are brought here. Products are sent to Bengaluru, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra.

CHITRADURGA/CHALLAKERE: A sharp drop in tomato prices forced farmers to throw away their produce at the tomato market in Chikkammanahalli village of Challakere taluk in Chitradurga district on Friday. Tomatoes, which were sold at 100 rupees per kg in May this year, saw a sharp drop in prices and traders were unwilling to buy a box of tomatoes containing 15 kg even for 10 rupees. Frustrated farmers dumped tomatoes next to National Highway 150A, then drove tractors over them. The lack of processing units in the region has also affected tomato producers. As tomatoes fetched record prices recently, a large number of farmers in Kallahalli, Torekolammanahalli, Nayakanahatti and other areas had planted the crop. But with good yields and a glut in the market, prices bottomed out. Maruthesh, a farmer from Kallahalli, said, “I have grown tomatoes on four acres and the yield is good. On Friday, I harvested 150 boxes, but traders quoted Rs 10 per box. I decided to throw the tomatoes next to the Bidar-Srirangapatna highway. I was unable to recover my investment and now I am in debt of Rs 4 lakh. Passers-by on the road, truckers and others were seen stopping and picking tomatoes from the landfill. Another Ravikumar farmer from Kereyagalahalli said, “I took out loans of several hundred thousand euros from banks to grow tomatoes. I don’t even pick the fruit because of the low prices. Senior Deputy Horticulture Manager, Challakere, Virupakshappa said: “Good quality tomatoes are sold for Rs 60-70 per box which comes to Rs 4.60 per kg, while round ones are sold for Rs 10-15 per, which is just Rs 1 per kilogram. It doesn’t even cover the cost of production. He said, “On Thursday the price was around Rs 140 per box. Even at this price, the cost of production is not covered, but at least there was some comfort for the farmers. Chikkammanahalli has the largest tomato market in central Karnataka. Tomatoes grown in Kudligi, Ballari, Molakalmuru, Chitradurga, Hiriyur, Rayadurga, Sira, Challakere and other places are brought here. Products are sent to Bengaluru, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra.

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