Cold weather takes a toll on tomato cultivation; sells for Rs 60/Kg

  • | Saturday | 12th January, 2019

Coimbatore/Salem: The unusually cold weather has taken a toll on tomato cultivation in western districts spiking the price from Rs 30 per kg a fortnight back to Rs 60 now in the city. While farmers had reduced acreage of tomato cultivation owing to the weather, the yield from cultivated area has also come down.“I used to harvest 15 tonnes of tomato from an acre. Since there was no water I switched to other crops,’’ he said.There are several nurseries in and around Omalur, Rayakottai, Ayodhiyapattina, Hosur and Salem. “I have cultivated tomato in just one acre of my land. Karumandhurai, Thekkalpattu, Vellimalai, Pagudupatu, Maniarkundam, Thavalaipatti, Pethanayakanpalayam and surrounding areas are tomato hubs.“Thalaivasal market alone will receive about 60 truckloads of tomato from these areas while Vazhapadi market will receive 15 truckloads.

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