Pakistan’s coastal growers expect to get good revenues from their tomato and chilli crops, still standing in the fields. Both the valuable crops require some more days to ripen. This year, tomato and chilli crops in coastal areas were cultivated two months late. First, the farmers had cultivated in August and September, expecting to get product in October. However, that was ruined by the ravaging rains and floods. Now, the growers expect to start picking by December 15, 2020.
Aziz Baloch, a farmer in Sakro, Thatta district said the demand of tomato and chilli in the market might have motivated traders to purchase it directly from the fields for Rs500,000-800,000 (€2,700-4,200) per acre, depending on the yield.
A few farmers said they do not understand the marketing mechanism. Sometimes, the crops do not fetch proper rates after ripening, and growers have to discard tomato and chilli in the fields.
Despite delayed cultivation, Baloch said vegetable traders have purchased almost the entire crop of tomato and chilli in advance. Coastal farmers contribute more vegetables to Karachi than other areas.