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Tomato Farmers Worried As Prices Crash Drastically

The Kolar district's tomato prices have been affected by the recent torrential rain. Due to rain, tomato crops were devastated, and prices have since fallen to Rs 50 per crate (15 kg).

Chintu Das
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The Kolar district's tomato prices have been affected by the recent torrential rain. Due to rain, tomato harvests were devastated, and prices have since fallen to Rs 50 per crate (15 kg). The market receives 30,000 to 35,000 quintals of tomatoes every day, according to Vijayalakshmi, the APMC market secretary.

"We generally ship 140 truckloads of tomatoes to different areas of the country on a daily basis, but due to a dip in demand, that number has decreased to 80 vehicles," she said.

The poor demand in other states, according to sources, has another cause.

"A particular variety of tomato that is grown here suffers damage from the rain. Since it takes longer to transport the goods from here, traders from other states are less interested in purchasing that tomato variety. As the crop requires a certain amount of sunlight, the costs will decrease more if the current weather pattern persists, they added.

In another instance, The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert for seven districts of Maharashtra and warned that Gujarat, Goa, and coastal Karnataka are also likely to see significant rainfall beginning on July 12. A red alert was issued for Kolhapur, Palghar, Nashik, Pune, and Ratnagiri, while an orange alert was issued for Mumbai for the following three days.

According to officials, the city and its suburbs will likely have moderate rainfall over the next 24 hours, with isolated areas perhaps experiencing torrential downpours.

Mumbai did, however, see some light rain on Monday. While Santacruz received 9.2 mm of rain, the Colaba observatory only recorded 7 mm. The rest of Mumbai experienced an average rainfall of 20 mm, with the exception of Kalyan and Dombivli, which saw 40–60 mm of rain.

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