New Crop From Maha, MP Hitting Markets


A quick check in Mumbai markets showed that the price is still hovering around Rs 160/kg

NEW DELHI, July 21 (The CONNECT) – The price of tomato is expected to come down with the increase in arrival of new crop from Nasik, Naryangoan and Aurangabad belt in Maharashtra and also from Madhya Pradesh.

The current increase in tomato prices may incentivize farmers to grow more tomato crop which is expected to stabilize the prices in coming months, said Minister of State for Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Ashwini Kumar Choubey in a written reply today in the Rajya Sabha.

A quick check in Mumbai markets showed that the price is still hovering around  Rs 160/kg. The price fall still is a dream, said vendors.

The Department of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare (DAFW) implements Market Intervention Scheme (MIS) to protect the growers of perishable agri-horticultural commodities from making distress sale in the event of a bumper crop during the peak arrival period when the prices tend to fall below economic levels and cost of production.

Under the scheme, the loss on account of the fall in price is borne between the Central Government and State Government on 50:50 basis. Since the inception of MIS till date, the Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has not received any proposal from State Governments for market intervention to address distress sale of tomato, the Minister said.

Ministry of Food Processing Industries implements Operation Greens for enhancing value addition and reduction in post-harvest losses of agri-horticultural commodities, including tomato. The objectives of the scheme are enhancing value realization of produce for farmers; protecting the growers from making distress sale; increasing in food processing/preservation capacities and value addition and  reduction in post-harvest losses.

The scheme has both short-term interventions component and long-term interventions component. The short-term interventions include transportation and storage subsidy to individual farmers, group of farmers, farmer producer organisations, farmer producer companies, cooperative societies, State Marketing and Co-operative Federation, food processors, licensed commission agents, exporters and retailers etc. Under the long-term interventions, grants-in-aid are being provided for Integrated Value Chain Development Projects and Stand-alone Post-Harvest Infrastructure Projects.

Kumar said the Department of Consumer Affairs monitors the daily prices of 22 essential food commodities including tomato. In order to check the current increase in prices of tomato and make it available to the consumers at affordable prices, the Government has started the procurement of tomatoes under Price Stabilisation Fund and is making it available at a highly subsidised rate to consumers. The National Cooperative Consumers Federation (NCCF) and National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation (NAFED) are continuously procuring tomato from mandis in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra and making it available at affordable prices in major consuming centres in Delhi-NCR, Bihar, Rajasthan, etc. after subsidizing the price to the consumers. The tomatoes have been disposed initially at retail price of Rs.90/kg which has been reduced to Rs.80/kg from July 16 and further reduced to Rs.70/kg from yesterday