In the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad, there is a sharp drop in tomato prices. An oversupply has resulted in the prices crashing. Experts forecast the price drops will continue in the next month as well.
Hyderabad city of Telangana not only gets tomatoes from surrounding districts but also from neighbouring states such as Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Karnataka and for the past week around 120-150 of trucks laden with tomatoes has arrived in the city.
Agriculture Ministry officials said the prices of tomatoes are likely to fall further with more arrivals from neighboring states. The farmers are worried that with surplus supplies of tomatoes to the Hyderabad city, they could be facing a huge loss and they could not even meet the transport charges.
Growers have sought intervention from the Agriculture Ministry, fixing the prices of tomatoes at a reasonable rate so that they do not have to bear the loss and also to support them in the transportation of the agricultural produce.
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