Indian tomato growers dump crops as lockdown hampers trade

In India's southern state of Karnataka, the district around Kolar sees tomatoes being cultivated on over 20,000 hectares. However, despite a bumper crop, this year farmers are bitter because prices have crashed on the back of falling demand during the lockdown and restricted movement of traders and goods.

A standard 15-kg box, which usually fetches 250 to 300 rupees ($3.40 to $4.10), is now selling for barely 70 rupees – sometimes as low as 30. Desperate farmers are either allowing their crops to wither in the fields or dumping harvested tomatoes by the roadside.


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