Waste-contaminated tomato farms produce low yields, prices hit the ceiling

People from Danapal Market have fallen. Scientists say it has spread like never before

After a week-long break, retail prices for tomatoes in Chitor district rose to 100 kilograms in vegetable markets on Saturday. Prices for the first varieties to be exported to Chennai and Hyderabad are hovering around 150 rubles per kilogram. It is unlikely that the situation will improve in the coming weeks as the price may increase further.

Horticultural scientists at tomato farming in Madanapal, Panganur and Palamaner areas over the past month have shown that although the harvest is generally prone to seasonal diseases from November to February, this year is unprecedented and has a wide coverage this year. The largest tomato-growing belt in Asia is not only in Madanapal’s revenue zone but also in neighboring Karnataka.

The extent of the problems in the Danapal Market yard can be estimated. On Saturday, there were only 102 tons, eight to ten times less than regular arrivals.

Deputy Director of Horticulture B. Srinivasulu told him Hindu Since November 6, the normal process of transplanting has come to a complete standstill due to heavy rains and fields. “This year the epidemic has spread far and wide compared to previous years. The impact is very rapid and complete, affecting plant tissues,” he said.

According to the official, due to heavy rains and overcrowding in the fields, the farmers have been prevented from spraying pesticides to prevent the disease. “The bad weather that has been going on for a month has added to the damage caused by the problem,” Mr Srinivasulu said.

Chennai-based agri-tech company Weir Cool Foods and Products General Manager Redant Redi in November caused heavy losses to farmers in Madanapal, Chintamani and Kola belts. “Nearly 5,000 farmers have been hit hard by the November rains,” he said.

Scattered farms

Meanwhile, a team of horticultural scientists has found that growing scattered tomato farms is not just a large field, but a disease that can control farmers and increase productivity alone.

“Despite repeated requests to increase the use of dispersed farms, no one listened to our advice,” said a senior Horticulture official.


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