India: Tomato cultivation yields bumper profit

Farmers of Gumla are reaping the benefits of tomato cultivation, which has had a bumper production this kharif season. Agriculture is the mainstay of people here with 85% of the population engaged in farming. Even the marginal farmers have earned anything between Rs 17,000-18,000 by growing tomatoes on small plots of land in the past two months. Rampal Oraon of Totambi village in Gumla earned Rs 15,000 by selling tomatoes. In fact, the production has been so good that he can earn enough to last him some months by selling the vegetable for the next three weeks.

"Seeing other farmers, I grew tomato on a plot of only 50 decimal and have made Rs 15,000 by selling them in Gumla's weekly haat," he said. He is one of a growing tribe of tillers, who have taken to tomato farming as a cash crop this season in the district.


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