Chennai: Tomato yield has declined due to heavy rains in the last few days across Tamil Nadu. Due to this, the price of tomatoes is skyrocketing in various parts of the country.
Housewives who are shocked by the price of tomatoes are also cutting back on buying tomatoes. It was selling for exactly Rs 30 to Rs 60 a month ago.
However, the production of tomatoes was halted due to continuous rains. While farmers are happy with the rise in prices, the middle and poor are hard hit.
Currently, farmers and traders from Namakkal, Chenthamangalam, Kollimalai, Pavithram, Erumappatti and Alankanatham are selling vegetables at the Namakkal Farmers’ Market.
Accordingly, a kilo of tomatoes sells for 120 rupees at the Namakkal Farmers’ Market. Similarly, the price of tomatoes has gone up sharply as tomatoes are being brought to Namakkal by daily lorries from Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri districts.
Tomato yields have been affected due to continuous rains and prices have gone up due to reduced supply of tomatoes.
And the public is facing a severe crisis as the price of a kilo of tomatoes has risen steadily from 60 rupees last week to 120 rupees today.
Meanwhile, Cooperatives Minister I. Periyasamy said that steps will be taken to control the price of tomatoes in Tamil Nadu through farm green shops. He also said in a statement issued in this regard.
The Government of Tamil Nadu has taken steps to control the rise in the price of tomatoes in the open market due to the monsoon in Tamil Nadu and to sell quality tomatoes at affordable prices through the Co-operative Farm Green Consumer Stores.
During the 2021 Northeast monsoon season, 65 farm green consumer outlets run by the Cooperative will procure 150 metric tons of tomatoes and other vegetables up to 1100 metric tons at a cost of Rs. 4 crore from Rs. 45 / – to Rs. 55 / – per kg from 2711.2021 to 30.12.2021. Sold out.
Currently, rains in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka have reduced the supply of tomatoes and increased prices. Tomatoes are sold in the open market at Rs. 90 / – to Rs. 120 / – per kg.
As a precautionary measure, 4 metric tonnes of tomatoes were procured on the 19th in the first phase through the Co-operative Farm Green Awareness Stores in Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai and Trichy districts. There a kilo was sold for Rs.70 / – to Rs.85 / -.
Following this, until the open market price of tomatoes is controlled, the operation will be carried out through 65 farm green threshing shops run by the cooperative in the districts from tomorrow. In addition, action will be taken to sell tomatoes through fair price shops based on demand.
Therefore, people are being asked to buy and use quality tomatoes and vegetables at cheaper prices through farm green consumer shops.