India: Tomato prices Madhya Pradesh plummeting

Wholesale prices of tomatoes in Madhya Pradesh district have plummeted from ₹30 in October to as low as ₹2 per kg (from 37 to 0.3 euro cents).

A farmer from the Petlawad area of Jhabua district, a major tomato-producing region, said, "We are getting on average ₹2 per kilogram of tomatoes in wholesale markets. At these prices, we won't recover production and harvesting costs.”

According to economictimes.indiatimes.com, wholesale prices were between 20 and 30 rupees (25 to 37 euro cents) per kg in October, but it fell due to a sudden bumper crop this month. Farmers' organisations have demanded that the state government take steps to protect the interests of tomato-producer farmers.


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