Farmers have been severely affected by the inundation of agricultural lands due to the torrential rains across Tamil Nadu for the past several days.
In this situation, the supply of tomatoes to the Coimbatore Saibaba Colony Vegetable Market has been very low and the price of tomatoes has skyrocketed and the traders and the public are upset. Coimbatore district is one of the tomato producing districts in Tamil Nadu, despite the effects of continuous rains and floods.
Farmers cultivate large quantities of tomatoes in areas including Madukkarai, Ettimadai, Palathurai, Valukkuparai, Annur and Sulur in the Coimbatore district. However, the rise in tomato prices in Coimbatore has come as a surprise to many. Tomato trader Khader says, “Rain is not the only reason for the rise in prices of essential vegetables, including tomatoes, but also the rise in petrol and diesel prices.
Prices of essential commodities in many districts have come under control as various states across India have reduced excise duty on petrol and diesel following the union government’s reduction of excise duty on petrol and diesel. The Tamil Nadu government should also reduce excise duty on petrol and diesel and bring prices under control. Is the demand of the public and traders”.