Mainly due to a bumper harvest, tomato prices have dropped across wholesale markets in Maharashtra. The average marketed price of tomatoes at Pimpalgoan's wholesale market in Niphad administrative unit (Nashik district) is currently about Rs.10.55/kg, less than half of the average traded price in August last year. The vegetable sells for roughly Rs.5-10 per kilogram in Pune's wholesale market.
Tomato growers reported large profits in 2020, despite the initial wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown. However, the trend has shifted since December of last year, and tomato prices have begun to fall. While the farmers may have benefited from the abundant rain this year, the markets have failed to meet the challenge of a bumper crop.
The current price drop, according to Shriram Gadhave, president of the Vegetable Growers Association of India, is due to a stoppage in exports. “Due to the turmoil in Afghanistan, land exports to Pakistan have also stopped for the last few days,” he told krishijagran.com.
According to Gadhave, a bumper tomato production has resulted in a market oversupply in other regions such as Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. “What we need are export-oriented schemes. Farmers have a good crop but no markets to sell it in.”
[ Rs100 = €1.20 ]