Tomato is cultivated on a large scale in Rajgarh of Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh. Tomatoes grown here are sent to Kanpur, Prayagraj, Lucknow, Varanasi as well as Bangalore and Nepal. Due to this, the farmers get good profits. However, this time trouble has arisen in front of the farmers cultivating tomatoes. They are not even able to recover the cost of their produce.
Tomato produce rotting in the fields
Last year, farmers had earned a lot of profit from tomato cultivation. Keeping this in mind, Kitabu, a resident of Rajgarh, had cultivated tomatoes in 65 bighas of land this year. For its protection, a watchman was hired for five thousand rupees a month. This year, when the farm got a bountiful crop of tomatoes, he became happy. His happiness did not last for long. Now the entire tomato crop is lying in the field.
After the tomato crop was ready, when the time came to sell it in the market, the price of tomato suddenly fell. Wholesale traders are taking tomatoes at Rs 25 to 30 per carat. There is a total of 28 kg of tomatoes in one carat. The cost of plucking tomatoes from the laborers in the field comes to Rs.20 per carat. The trouble is also that the farmer himself takes this tomato to the market. In this process the cost of tomato increases further.
Women farmers of Mirzapur
Kitabu says that till now there has been a loss of Rs 15 lakh. Tomatoes are scattered all over the field. The cost just can’t come out. Same is the condition of Amravati Devi, a resident of Rajgarh. He has cultivated tomatoes in five bighas. There was no time to break it. No trader came to buy tomatoes. Tomato is rotting in the fields itself. Sushila Devi, a resident of this village, says that this year the tomato farmers in the entire area have suffered losses.
damage to workers
The laborers also have to bear the brunt of the loss being caused to the farmers in tomato cultivation. Geeta Devi, who runs her household by plucking tomatoes in the field, says that she used to get Rs 200 as wages in a day. Tomatoes were plucked in the field and taken in vehicles. This time the farmers are not able to muster the courage to harvest the crops. Even the cost of the farmers is not being recovered.
Farmers are facing trouble due to the heavy yield of tomatoes. The farmers are getting one to one and a half rupees per kg of tomato produce. The same tomato is being sold at Rs 10 per kg in the market a few kilometers away from the farmer’s field. Lal Babu Kesari, a vegetable trader and tomato buyer in Rajgarh market, says that he is buying because he is getting cheap tomatoes. Here the price of tomato is ten rupees per kg. We are selling at this price.