An unequal demand and supply of tomatoes sent prices trimming down to less than one rupee per kilogram.
In October last year, much to the public despair, tomatoes were selling for Rs200 per kilogram.
In farmers’ attempt to yield profits from the rising prices, an excess supply resulted in exponentially low prices.
After cheaper imported Iranian tomatoes and new crops managed to subside the prices, farmers were eventually pushed to the losing side, with many cutting huge losses on their investments.
“Buyers in the sabzi mandi [wholesale vegetable market] are not even ready to buy a kilogram of tomatoes for a rupee,” a farmer lamented. “We are not even able to cover the cost” commented a farmer while addressing the media.
The despondent farmers said that having been left with no other option, they were forced to feed their crop to the cattle.
“We request the government to intervene the situation and fix the rates for tomatoes,” urged another farmer.
However, the government has seemingly failed to control the unfavorable situation for the farmers, just like it had been unable to address the woes of buyers when the prices of the crop had surged up nearly 400% from their actual price.