Farmers pleased with prices

Indian tomato trade picks up

After a gap of four months the tomato trade picked up, giving a comfortable ₹24 (€0.30) a kg on Saturday as against the ₹8 (€0.10) last week at the Madanapalle market, considered the largest in India.

The farmers are also happy with the overwhelming response on the exports front, taking a share of more than 90% of the daily arrivals. During the last one week, the daily arrivals stood between 900 and 1,500 tonnes, as against the 150 tonnes early this year.

The tomato crop witnessed a sudden boom over the month, resulting in heavy arrivals into the market. Equally contributing to the phenomenon is the surprising demand from other Indian states. Except in the Madanapalle region, the crop is not widely present anywhere in India, say trade experts.

Madanapalle Market Committee chairman Ratakonda Gurappa Naidu has told The Hindu that as and when the stocks enter the market premises, they are lifted at once for exports to Gujarat, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, parts of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Telangana.

However, the farmers have expressed serious concern at the forecast of heavy rain in the region in the coming days. “Heavy rains would damage the crop and its impact would be felt for the next two months with heavy soil moisture and vulnerability of the produce to perish quickly,” said a farmer in Valmikipuram mandal.

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