Barwani (EMS). Tomato, which was sold for Rs 250 per kg in June-July, has now come down to Rs 2 to 3 per kg in the retail market. Farmers are suffering losses due to falling prices of tomatoes. They are feeding their crops to the cattle. Farmers of Barwani district say that they are not able to cover the cost, freight and wages. Due to sudden increase in arrivals and heavy rains, the crop has been affected by caterpillars.
Farmer Ranchhod Patel of village Salkheda of Rajpur development block says that tomato was being sold at Rs 180 to Rs 200 per kg in the district a month ago. The cost price of tomato crop in two acres is Rs 70 to 80 thousand, but today the price is Rs 2 per kg. We are forced to destroy the produce.
Farmers are plucking tomatoes and throwing them in the field
Farmer Kunwar Singh of Salkheda village said, he had spent Rs 2 lakh and planted tomato crop on two and a half bigha land. It was expected that this time the price would be good and the profit would be decent, but the weather conditions were such that it has become difficult to calculate the cost. If tomatoes were sold at Rs 20 per kg, only the cost would be covered. Now they are plucking them and throwing them in the fields, so that the soil can be made fertile for the next crop.
Farmers are disappointed due to government’s negligence
Mansharam Panchole, District President of Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, said that a farmer in the village had sown tomatoes in 3 bighas, but now he is plucking his crop with his own hands and throwing it in the fields. The farmer had spent two and a half lakh rupees and planted the crop in his 3 bigha land, but everything was ruined. On top of that, the government’s negligence has left the farmers disappointed.
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