Weather hits tomato supply, prices touch Rs 60

CHENNAI: Lower acreage for tomato cultivation in Tamil Nadu and chilly weather in key regions of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka have hit supply in the state, pushing up costs. In Chennai, the hybrid ‘navin’ variety hit a high of ₹60 per kg in retail markets on Friday, while the local variety cost ₹50 per kg.

Several inns in Chennai have come up with solutions that includes chopping down on tomato use. “We are restricting the usage of tomatoes as much as imaginable and then again using tamarind... We are making sure that customers aren't affected in any respect,” stated M Ravi, who runs the Vasantha Bhavan chain of vegetarian eating places and is Chennai Hoteliers Association president.

The state of affairs is identical across the state, with Cyclone Gaja that ravaged Dindigul district, a big tomato hub, being cited as a reason why for short supply. Around this time closing yr, wholesale tomato costs in places like Madurai hovered round ₹5 per kg.

At the Koyambedu wholesale market in Chennai, there has been a 50% drop in number of vans bringing in tomatoes, principally from Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. “A 15 kg box of tomatoes bought for ₹250-₹260 four days in the past and crossed ₹500; higher quality tomatoes even bought for ₹550- ₹600 per box on Friday,” stated Bhuvaneshwaran, a wholesale trader.

“A huge drop in tomato cultivation in TN has compelled investors from Dindigul and close by districts to search for supplies from AP and Karnataka, including to the woes,” says Ravi S, every other wholesaler.

For Madurai region, this is when local markets get large supplies, most commonly from Dindigul. “Horticultural crops on 5,600 hectares had been damaged by Cyclone Gaja. Though tomato crops were not damaged, there was heavy flower drop, affecting supply,” stated Dindigul deputy director of Horticulture, Okay Srinivasan.

In Coimbatore region, the strangely chilly weather has taken a toll on cultivation, spiking costs from ₹30 per kg a fortnight in the past to ₹60 now. While unhealthy weather compelled reduction in acreage of tomato cultivation, the yield from cultivated crops too dropped. “I used to harvest 15 tonnes per acre. This season, I controlled handiest seven tonnes,” stated S Ganesan of Thalavadi in Erode district. Farmers who used to raise tomato crop on more than 600 acres, this season lower it right down to 250 acres.

“It’s a seasonal phenomenon, when tomato suffers damage during excessive chilly. But, we have now not seen any alarming damage or fall in yield in Coimbatore,” stated M Chinnadurai, Centre for Agricultural and Rural Development Studies, TNAU.
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