Maharashtra farmers dump tomatoes on roads as prices crash

Nashik: The farmers of Nashik district in Maharashtra staged protest by dumping crates of tomatoes on the road after the prices crashed to Rs 2-3 per kg in the wholesale market.

Reports said that farmers from Gangapur taluka of Aurangabad district arrived at Lasur station this morning with tractor trolleys laden with tomatoes and dumped them on the side of the highway. However, the vehicle movement remained uninterrupted during this time. The farmers have demanded better procurement rates from wholesalers.

The Deputy sarpanch of of Dhamori Khurd village in Gangapur said that tomatoes are being brought by wholesalers for Rs 100 per crate, which is nearly 25 kg. “This is a huge loss. If the rate is close to Rs 300 per crate, then it is a no-profit and no loss matter for us,” he added.

It is to be noted that Nashik is a hub of India’s largest tomato market which is selling the vegetable for Rs 664.19 per quintal in August.

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