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Tomatoes leave Sangareddy ryots with smashed hopes

Sangareddy: As the prices of Tomatoes have plummeted to a new low during the past one week in the State, the farmers in Sangareddy district could hardly earn the wages being paid to labourers and transportation charges by selling them.

Speaking to Telangana Today, a farmer Velimala Bikshapathi, a native of Pati village, said that he had cultivated tomato crop in one and a half acre land by spending Rs 30,000. Stating that he is hardly getting Rs 2 a kg from vendors at Lingampally and other vegetable markets, Bikshapathi said that he has been paying Rs 200 to each labour who harvests 100 kgs of tomatoes in a day. Since he is getting just Rs 200 by selling them, he said that he was forced to pay the transportation charges out of his pocket.

However, he said that he had got back his investment because he got a good price for his produce a month ago. The farmers, who had started getting harvest since a fortnight, have suffered the most. S Narasimha Reddy from the same village had suffered the worst because he did not even get his investment back on his crop.

Some of the farmers had left their crop without harvesting since they could not earn the wages of labourers and transportation by selling the vegetables. Meanwhile, the farmers have demanded the State government to initiate measures to control the fluctuating prices to protect the farmers. The prices of tomatoes have been crashed to Rs 2 a kg to Rs 10- a kg owing to a steep in production.

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from Telangana – Telangana Today

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