A government-owned Farm Fresh outlet in Teynampet in Chennai has turn into a boon for individuals who have been unable to purchase tomatoes final week when the prices crossed the Rs 100 per kilogram-mark. In the outlet which is situated within the coronary heart of the town, tomatoes have been out there for Rs 79 today- a Tamil Nadu state initiative which is a welcome respite for a lot of like Sathiyamoorthy.
A development employee in Chennai, Sathiyamoorthy had been avoiding the acquisition of tomatoes as the costs rose following heavy rains throughout the state final week.
“This is fair price. In the market outside, tomatoes are costing Rs 120 a kilo,” a relieved Sathiyamoorthy stated.
Others like Arokiya Mary selected to purchase solely half of her tomato requirement. “I cannot afford tomatoes even at this price. The only option is to reduce consumption,” she stated.
Although the outlet had a inventory of 250 kilos of tomatoes, double the norm, many like Ram couldn’t buy them.
“It is a good initiative but since the stock was less, I could not get them. Still, this is better than nothing,” Ram, a pc skilled stated.
“The only problem is that this will not benefit the farmers but will instead profit the brokers and the middlemen,” Ram added.
Farmers throughout Tamil Nadu confronted crop losses of no less than 50,000 hectares owing to heavy rains final week. As the state braces for 3 days of heavy rainfall, the federal government stated that it might procure no less than 15 metric tonnes of tomatoes every single day on the market in a dozen districts, to convey aid to poor customers.
“Prices have begun to hover around Rs 80 per kilogram,” Tamil Nadu Agriculture Minister M R Ok Paneerselvam stated at present, including that the rise within the worth was “only because of the heavy rains.”
Besides native produce, Tamil Nadu procures tomatoes from different states like neighbouring Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.
“600 metric tonnes of tomatoes has come from Maharashtra,” state Agriculture Minister knowledgeable.