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Tamil Nadu, South India

Indian farmers dump tomatoes on road - locals carry them off

A group of farmers in the Dindigul district of Tamil Nadu felt forced to dump their produce on the roads after tomato prices reached an all-time low. Their protest was marred somewhat by large numbers of locals collecting the tomatoes and taking off with them.

“Tomatoes were selling at Rs. 60 (0.75 euros) per kg in wholesale markets and Rs. 75 (0.94 euros) in retail outlets two months ago. Now they have suddenly fallen to single digit figures and this has shocked us. Hence, we dumped the produce in a public place,” said Govindasamy, a farmer from Ayyalur. The farmers stated that they had dumped their produce because they couldn’t even get what they had spent on raising the crop in the first place.

According to, officials admitted that with markets witnessing huge supplies of the vegetable, the cost had fallen to extremely low levels.

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